Ex-deputy makes plea agree­ment

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL

BEN­TONVILLE — A for­mer Ben­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy was placed on probation and sen­tenced to 119 days in jail af­ter he ad­mit­ted he had sex­ual con­tact with a teen girl.

Lloyd Sean Chan­dler, 40, of Farm­ing­ton pleaded guilty Mon­day to sec­ond-de­gree sex­ual as­sault. He also was charged with dis­tribut­ing, pos­ses­sion and view­ing mat­ter de­pict­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­duct in­volv­ing a child and an­other count of sec­ond- de­gree sex­ual as­sault, b ut those charges were dis­missed as part of a plea agree­ment.

The agree­ment wa s reached be­tween Shane Wilkin­son, Chan­dler’s at­tor­ney, and Stu­art Cear­ley, chief deputy pros­e­cu­tor, and Carly Mar­shall, deputy pros­e­cu­tor.

Chan­dler agreed to waive his jury trial sched­uled to

be­gin Wed­nes­day. Chan­dler also said he wasn’t co­erced into ac­cept­ing the plea agree­ment.

Mar­shall told Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Brad Kar­ren that Chan­dler, a Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy at the time of the in­ci­dent, had a po­si­tion of trust and author­ity over the girl and Chan­dler en­gaged in sex­ual con­tact with her.

Chan­dler was a sergeant with the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit at the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. He was fired af­ter his ar­rest.

The teen told po­lice she had sex with Chan­dler in 2015 at his home and she and Chan­dler ex­changed ex­plicit pho­to­graphs, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. The girl told po­lice she met Chan­dler where she worked, and they be­gan a friend­ship, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, the girl was 16.

The teen spoke in court Mon­day.

She said Chan­dler’s ac­tions af­fected her life in sev­eral ways the past two years. She has trust is­sues and had to deal with bul­ly­ing be­cause some of her peers blamed her for what hap­pened.

“I loved you and gen­uinely thought you loved me,” she said. “Now that I’ve been to a ther­a­pist, it is clear to me that what you did was wrong. You have made my daily life a con­stant worry of panic at­tacks, para­noia and re­gret that I ever thought I could trust you as an adult and of­fi­cer.”

Chan­dler de­clined an op­por­tu­nity to speak.

Kar­ren ac­cepted the plea agree­ment and Chan­dler’s guilty plea.

Chan­dler was placed on state su­per­vised probation for five years and he must serve 120 days in the Ben­ton County Jail, but he was given credit for one day served. He will be al­lowed work re­lease while he serves the sen­tence.

He will be re­quired to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender. Chan­dler was or­dered not to have any con­tact with the girl. He can­not have any un­su­per­vised con­tact with any mi­nors ex­cept his bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren or stepchil­dren.


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