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Mitchell solicits officer

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Joseph Carl Mitchell
A Melbourne man was arrested in Izard County on a Grant County warrant citing sexual indecency with a child July 15 after authorities posed as a 14-year-old girl in an Internet chat room.

According to prosecuting attorney Eddy R. Easley with the seventh judicial district, 45-year-old Joseph Carl Mitchell of Newburg Road in Melbourne, "did unlawfully, being older than 18 years of age, solicited another person who is less then 15 years of age or who is represented to be less then 15 years of age to engage in sexual intercourse; deviate sexual activity or sexual contact."

A warrant was handed down July 15 after Mitchell was involved in criminal online activity.

David Holland of the Sheridan Police Department posed as a 14-year-old female in a Yahoo chat room, according to the affidavit. "I was contacted by Smokeyroadm on June 26 at approximately 10:09 a.m.," Holland said.

At 10:12 a.m. Smokeyroadm (a chat room screen name used by Mitchell) advised Holland that he was a 45-year-old male and Holland stated he was a 14-year-old female. Smokeyroadm told Holland he was from the Mountain Home area. Holland said the conversation remained civilized until 10:41 a.m.

"Smokeyroadm asked if I had ever had sex. At 10:55 a.m. Smokeyroadm asked to see a picture of myself and I asked to view him on his web cam," Holland said.

Holland then sent Smokeyroadm a picture of a female who had given Holland permission to use her picture on the Internet, Holland said.

After Smokeyroadm turned on his web cam it was only a short time until the chat session took a drastic turn.

"The conversation turned to him picking me up and eating lunch with him," Holland said.

After meeting arrangements where discussed, it was settled that Smokeyroadm would arrive early. "I told him my mom left around 7:30 a.m.," Holland said.

Smokeyroadm then advised that the two could go, "maybe just somewhere where we could be alone," Smokeyroadm said.

"The conversation then turned to Smokeyroadm describing sexual intercourse with him. The conversation ended at 11:33 a.m.," Holland said.

The clandestine conversation resumed the following morning, according to Holland.

"During the conversation Smokeyroadm added me to his friends list and the name Joe Mitchell appeared as "Smokeyroadm." An Arkansas crime information center check revealed a Joseph Carl Mitchell in Melbourne, Ark. A copy of his driver's license photo was compared to the image shown on the web cam and a positive identification was made," Holland said.

More conversations followed containing intermittent inappropriate criminal behavior, according to Holland.

According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Mitchell was from the Melbourne area and had never been in any trouble prior to his arrest and said Mitchell played in a band called, Smokey Road.

"He has been here a long time. I have never known him to be in any trouble," Lawrence said.

"His dad passed away about a year or so ago and he was in some country bands around here and his son followed suit," Lawrence said.

Mitchell was arrested July 15 and transported to Grant County where his bond was set at $25,000. According to the Grant County Detention Center Mitchell has been released.

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