Former Softball Coach From Fort Smith Arrested In Teen Sex Sting

A former softball coach from Fort Smith was arrested in a teenage sex sting, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Hamilton, 34, of Fort Smith is behind bars, accused of planning to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, the release states.

A report was filed with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office in April in reference to Hamilton making contact with a 14-year-old girl on Facebook, according to the release.

The account was take over by detectives, and Hamilton later set up a time to meet a person he believed to be the girl for sex, the release states.

Hamilton knew the teenage girl because he had temporarily coached a 6-year-old relative of the 14-year-old girl in softball, but the team did not stay together, and he is not a coach anymore, according to the release.

He coached at Ben Geren parks in Fort Smith.

Hamilton was arrested in Van Buren on June 17 at approximately 5:30 p.m. by Van Buren Police and Crawford County Deputies, the release states.

Hamilton has been booked into the Crawford County Detention Center and has a $7,500 bond. He faces a charge of internet stalking of a child.