Man Found With Missing Girl Was Nabbed In 2 Other Child Sex Cases

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The Fayetteville man arrested Wednesday at a local motel with a 15-year-old missing girl has been arrested at least twice before in child sex cases, according to court records.

Jimmie Doyle Capehart, 21, was arrested by the Fayetteville Police Department after being found at a Fayetteville Motel 6 with a missing 15-year old girl, officials said. He received probation in a 2010 child sex case and a two-year prison term in another case involving an underage girl the next year, according to court documents.

When the teen went missing, police learned she might be with Capehart, according to a preliminary arrest report from the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Police went to his residence at 1295 Van Asche Drive where he was registered as a sex offender and discovered he wasn't living there anymore, the report states, but was "staying wherever he could."

According to police, the girl was found at the Motel 6 at 2980 N. College Ave. with Capehart. The suspect admitted to having sexual relations with the teen and said it was consensual, the report states. Capehart said he had sex with her about 10 times, including before he knew she was 15 and after he knew she was 15, the report states.

Police said Capehart met the Fayetteville girl at a party, but would not say where the party was or when it took place.

Capehart was booked on suspicion of felony 4th-degree sexual assault and felony failure to register as a sex offender.

According to state statute 5-14-127, a person commits 4th-degree sexual assault if the victim is under 16 years old.

Capehart's arraignment was scheduled for April 14. His bond was set at $10,000, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The teenager has been returned to her family, authorities said.

Capehart is a Level 2 registered after being convicted in 2010 of raping a 12-year-old girl, police said. Arkansas ranks registered sex offenders from Level 1 (low risk) to Level 4 (sexually violent predator). A Level 2 sex offender is considered a moderate risk, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

Capehart pleaded guilty in November 2010 to sexual indecency of a child, in connection with his sexual relations with the 12-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years probation. Police said he violated his probation a few months later by contacting another underage girl, after which he was sentenced to two years in state prison, according to court documents.

He was also ordered to undergo sex offender counseling, although court records do not show him ever attending any sessions.

Family members told 5NEWS Capehart is a good man and had no intention of hurting the victims.

"He is not dangerous at all. He's a guy with a caring heart and who cares if he is in a relationship," said the suspect's cousin.

Capehart's mother, Shannon Capehart, said her son and the 15-year old girl were in a committed relationship and that the teenager ran away from home because she is pregnant with Capehart's child.

"She was scared. She was afraid of what her parents might do," Shannon Capehart said. "And in his eyes, he was taking care of her and protecting her."

Police said the suspect was not living at the house designated to probation authorities as his home.

"You can't keep track of all sex offenders all the time," said Brad Cazort from the Arkansas Crime and Information Center. "They aren't required by law to have ankle monitors or anything like that on them."

As a Level 2 sex offender, Capehart would have been checked on by authorities once every six months, Cazort said.

"Sex offenders are required to register, and they get assessed. And if they are Level 1, 2 or 3, they need to report back every 6 months to the police department to verify their address. Level 4 offenders have to register every 90 days," Cazort said.


  • waveup&payattentiontoyourkids

    Parents need to pay closer attention to who the kids are talking too, who they are hanging out with and what they are doing. 10 Plus TIMES REALLY REALLYYYYYYYYYYYYY

      • Fed up

        Everyone gets mad when you say the parent should shoulder some of the blame but they should be held accountable. This never would have happened when I was that age because my parents knew all of my friends, all of my friends families and who I was talking to. They say they are just to busy well they need to find a way to free up some time and be a responsible parent.

  • waveup&payattentiontoyourkids

    Thank you Fayetteville PD for finding her because it could have been a very bad ending.

    • joesumone

      All you have to do is have relations with an underage individual and then you can join him and have easy access to him.

  • Sarah 1

    Maybe a parent should be fined if their child isn’t being cared for properly although I think that is the already the law isn’t it? I don’t want to pass more laws but lets enforce the laws we already have on the books and stop this little slap on the hand. Apparently slapping the hand doesn’t prevent people who are addicted a certain behavior.

  • lori

    ok let me see if i understand this….he raped a 12 year old and got 6 years PROBATION???? HMM whats wrong with that pic!

  • darthvadersmom

    He doesn’t look tough guy to me. And it is believable that a 15-year-old girl could look and act older than that. After he found out, it was a little late to dump her if he cared about her. He seems to. If he were just using her, he didn’t have to let her stay with him when he probably know that was trouble. She was scared of her parents, maybe irrationally so. But it seems to me that if the parents and girl don’t want to charge him, this is a tempest in a teapot. The big thing for me is he probably can’t get much of a job and not much of a place to live. A lot of poor people live in motel rooms, so just because that’s where he took her to stay (She ran away), it’s not great but not as sleazy as it sounds. Nothing is ideal about all this, but it doesn’t sound like he intentionally went out of his way here to find some Innocent young child to molest. That party he can’t remember where or who had it? If there was any driinking, it’s not hard to imagine someone not remembering exactly where it was or even to know the name of the hosts at some I’ve seen with a swarm of folks finding out about it and just showing up. s do understand about the past. So the girl was there. He was there. He found out about her age–and with his background he was caught no matter what. If he did the right thing by her–as someone he cared about or wanted to care about –or by the law–she is 15 not 16.

  • joesumone

    I wonder how long this story will stay at the top of the news heap? It usually takes KFSM about 2 days to get their pleasure out of publicly shaming an individual.

  • Moose

    To those of you speaking about this child and her family, I’d like to remind you that karma is real and it bites hard – be careful before you judge. You know nothing more about this situation than what was posted, making you far too ignorant to judge the mother’s character. I, however, know that this woman is a saint of a mother, and if this can happen to her child it can most certainly happen to yours. Why not take into consideration that this poor mother went through the sheer panic and terror of experiencing a lost child and thank God that child was brought back to her. How about everyone being grateful that it didn’t happen to you and let’s turn our focus where it should be – to getting this criminal behind bars so that YOUR child isn’t next.

  • Dee

    The fault I believe lies in our court system. It is proven over and over again you cannot rehabilitate a sexual predator. They do keep doing it and until they are locked up and the keys thrown away then they will keep hurting our children.

  • In my humble opinion

    Yeah, he broke the law. Yes he looks like a criminal. But don’t forget in Arkansas 15 is just one year below the legal age of consent. Let’s also keep perspective here, in our culture just 60 Years ago age differences like this were common and many different cultures prefer to match a young girl with a man. It does sound to me like he had good intentions for her and he is likely mad because his whole world including a relationship he cared about is no longer. Did he break the law? Yes. Is he forcibly going around raping young girls like a serial killer, no, so keep perspective and let’s not put him in that same category.

  • Rousha McCann

    It’s not up to me to judge, but my question is, Why, in Heavens name was he even out to be able to be with this child? He had 2 previous convictions? I’m not understanding that. SMH

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