Woman Accused Of Explicit Facebook Photos Pleads Not Guilty
A 21-year-old Fayetteville woman pleaded not guilty Monday (Sept. 16) to sexual indecency with a child after a 14-year-old juvenile told police the two had exchanged explicit photographs on Facebook.
Taasha Yoakum entered the plea before a magistrate at the Washington County Detention Center. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Washington County Circuit Court, according to Prosecuting Attorney John Threet’s office.
A preliminary police report states an investigation was started this summer after a person called police to tell officers about explicit photographs and text messages found on Yoakum’s computer. Throughout the police report, the identities of the original complainant and the juvenile are obscured, as are their genders.
According to the report, Yoakum had moved into the complainant’s residence after she had been kicked out of her house. The complainant states Yoakum spent a lot of time on her laptop and took it with her into the bathroom, the report states.
When Yoakum left with her boyfriend, the complainant noticed she had left her Facebook account opened and noticed she had been messaging a juvenile, the report states. When the complainant scrolled through the message box, the complainant noticed five or six naked photographs of Yoakum, including closeups of her private area, the report states.
The complainant told officers there were also naked pictures of the juvenile that had been sent to Yoakum, according to the report.
The report states officers contacted the resource officer at the juvenile’s school, and the juvenile was taken to be interviewed by police at the Children’s Safety Center in Springdale. The juvenile eventually admitted to sending pictures and receiving them from “Taasha”, the report states, and the juvenile said, “It was a mistake.”
The juvenile told officers that the juvenile had met Yoakum at a friend’s house and began messaging with her before the juvenile left to attend church camp on July 15, the report states. The juvenile told Yoakum the juvenile’s age was 14 even though the Facebook profile said otherwise, the report states.
The juvenile said Yoakum sent photographs and continuously asked for photographs in return, and the juvenile relented in early August with four photos, including two topless and one of the juvenile’s private area, the report states. The juvenile told officers there had been no contact with Yoakum since because the juvenile “felt bad” about sending them, the report states.
According to the report, officers searched the juvenile’s phone and found the conversation between the two, including when Yoakum told the juvenile she wanted to sleep with the juvenile.