LITTLE ROCK—Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., announced today the guilty plea of David Frazier, 56, of Little Rock, to attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sex acts.
Frazier entered his guilty plea today in front of United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker, and remains in custody. His sentencing will be set at a later date.
On June 6, 2017, the Arkansas State Police received a complaint from a person who answered a Craigslist advertisement titled “I know your secret.” This person had communicated with the individual who posted the ad. The individual asked the person to communicate through the KIK application and stated his username was “yplover.” During the KIK communications, “yplover” began expressing an interest in having sex with a 7-year-old. “Yplover” explained in graphic detail what he would like to do to the child. The conversation concerned the person and she reported it to law enforcement. During the conversations, “yplover” sent two images of himself. The images depicted David Frazier.
On June 21, 2017, a law enforcement officer, acting in an undercover capacity (“UC”), answered an identical ad on Craigslist titled “I know your secret.” The UC made contact with the individual—identified as Frazier—who posted the ad. Frazier asked the UC to communicate via KIK. Frazier stated that his username was “yplover.” During the communications on Craigslist and KIK, Frazier expressed a desire to have sex with a child. The UC told
Frazier that she had an 8-year-old daughter and that she wanted to watch Frazier and the 8-year-old engage in sex.
Frazier asked the UC to send a photograph of her “daughter.” The UC sent a photograph of herself as an 8-year-old. Frazier advised that he thought the UC’s “daughter” was cute and turned him on when the UC sent a picture of her. Frazier said he had thought about printing out the picture and doing a “tribute.” The UC asked Frazier to describe a “tribute.” Frazier later sent the UC a video of himself masturbating onto the picture.
Frazier continued to state in great detail the sex acts he wanted to perform on the UC’s purported 8-year-old daughter. Frazier then asked the UC what the rules would be if he were to meet the UC’s daughter. Frazier and the UC discussed items that the daughter would like as a gift. Frazier mentioned the three of them hanging out together. The UC said, “Then what would happen?” Frazier said, “Something that would let me get close to her.” Frazier continued, “Once she’s comfortable around me, she could sit on my lap while we watch a movie. Something totally innocent…Disney or something.” The UC told Frazier that she liked princess movies. Frazier then said, “We have to do something to move things further…sort of a jump start.” Frazier suggested, “Maybe let her ‘accidentally’ see some porn.” Frazier asked, “How would she react if she saw me naked lol.” Frazier suggested getting a room, and letting the UC bring her there.
Frazier was arrested by HSI agents on September 6, 2017, at his place of employment, pursuant to a warrant based on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted enticement of a minor. During a search of his office, officers located a gun safe, which was later determined to contain two computer thumb drives, a computer hard drive, a bottle of lubricant, a selfie stick, and a sexual stimulation device. A federal grand jury indicted Frazier on September 12, 2017, on one count of attempted enticement of a minor.
After reviewing Frazier’s cellular telephone and the storage devices found in the gun safe, agents discovered multiple images of child pornography. Agents also located chat messages between Frazier and an individual claiming to be a 14-year-old; in these chats Frazier asks the minor to send a sexually explicit photograph.
“As people continue to be emboldened by the perceived anonymity they believe the internet provides them, their actions become more and more despicable,” Harris said. “Frazier’s conduct is among the most egregious we have seen.”
Attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sex acts carries a statutory penalty of not less than ten years’ imprisonment, not more than life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release.
“This case demonstrates the determination of our agents and our law enforcement partners to investigate and arrest those that violate our nation’s laws,” Parmer, Jr. “HSI will not stop working for the victims of these crimes and ensure we bring to justice those who would continue to attack and terrorize our children.”
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office—Special Investigations Division, and Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Bryant.
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