Police & Fire

Sex offenders face prison time after failing to report

By Joel Phelps
The Arkadelphian

Investigators in Clark County have filed affidavits with prosecutors to charge four sex offenders with compliance infractions. State law mandates that sex offenders register with their appointed law enforcement official and report any change of address, phone numbers, employment, schooling and vehicles.

Now, these sex offenders face new charges that could put them back behind bars. Sgt. Sherry Cleek, criminal investigator with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, filed the affidavits. Court officials have since issued arrest warrants for the following names involved in the cases:

Cordior Arnold
Court documents indicate that 29-year-old Cordior Arnold, of 4170 Highway 67, Gurdon, failed to report his place of employment. Cleek was informed in early September that Arnold, a Level 3 sex offender, advised his parole officer that he was no longer employed at Pilot truck stop in Caddo Valley. Arnold’s parole officer had placed an ankle monitor on him, and as of Sept. 13 he had yet to report a change of address, living status or change of employment.

Richard Edward Gates
Cleek notes in her affidavit that Richard Edward Gates, 52, of 1019 Pine St. Apt. 9, Arkadelphia, had left his place of employment without notifying the appropriate channels. A neighbor of Gates reported he’d left his job at Rineco Chemical in Benton in late August, prompting Cleek to inquire with his parole officer, who advised Gates had completed a recovery program and had left Rineco for a trucking company. Employment records at Rineco showed that Gates had left on Aug. 17; Cleek’s probe began on Aug. 27, five days after Gates was required to report his employment change.

Ieasha Bert Grey
A Level 3 sex offender, 39-year-old Ieashe Bert Grey reportedly switched towns without reporting the change. Grey became the subject of an investigation after numerous run-ins with authorities. She was the victim of a stabbing on July 24 and gave responding officers an address of 248 N. 22nd St., Arkadelphia, although in April she had reported an address on Central Road. Cleek’s affidavit states Grey had been involved in “multiple reports” with the Arkadelphia Police Department in which officers were called to the 22nd Street address she shared with a man.

Prosecutors are seeking an enhancement to Grey’s prison time, as the 22nd Street residence is within 2,000 feet of Feaster Park. State law mandates that Level 3 or 4 offenders reside farther than 2,000 feet of schools, public parks, youth centers and daycare centers.

Steven Youngblood
Originally registering himself as a homeless man with Saline County authorities, Steven Youngblood, 45, emerged on local police radar in Gurdon this summer. Sex offenders who are homeless are required to register as such every 30 days. Gurdon officers advised Cleek that Youngblood had been residing at 310 Stovall St. as early as May 25, and by Sept. 30 he was still at that residence. Youngblood also faces additional time in prison, as the address where he was residing is within 2,000 feet of a bus garage owned by Gurdon Public Schools.