A soldier stationed at Fort Riley was arrested in Arkansas after he showed up to meet an underage girl whom he had been communicating with online.
Andrew O’Brien, 31, was arrested on felony charges of engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he showed up to meet a 16-year-old girl at a parking lot on Saturday morning.
According to a Baxter County Sheriff Office press release, the girl sent explicit pictures and video to O’Brien at his request.
Prior to O’Brien’s arrival at the meeting location, a sheriff’s deputy set up surveillance at the location.
The press release states:
“At approximately 12:47 a.m. he observed a vehicle drive past the area twice, then pull in and park. After parking, the man sent a text message to the girl stating he was close by. The man then walked from his car along Highway 5 South past the girl’s house, then to the meeting location. The man went behind the building. The deputy then approached and made contact with O’Brien. After a brief exchange, O’Brien was arrested and taken into custody. His vehicle was then searched”
During the search, deputies found handcuffs, vodka, condoms in the vehicle, as well as two cell phones believed to have been used in commission of the crimes.
The U.S. Army was notified of O’Brien’s arrest and Military police reportedly put a detainer on O’Brien.
This means the Baxter County jail will likely only release O’Brien to military police even if he posts his bond.
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