Monday, December 23, 2013

AR - Ex-Cop (Jamison Stiles) Accused Of Sexual Assault Doubled As Courtesy Officer At Scene

Jamison Stiles
Jamison Stiles
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By Aubry Killion, Shain Bergan and Kayla Paine

A former Fayetteville police officer was arrested Friday (Dec. 20) in connection with sexual assault of two women, according to an affidavit.

Jamison Stiles, 31, faces felony charges of rape, second-degree sexual assault, residential burglary and disclosure to an unauthorized person, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Fayetteville police received a report from a woman Nov. 10, that an officer sexually assaulted her two weeks earlier. She told police she woke up naked in her apartment at The Cliffs around 4:30 a.m. after a night of drinking to a uniformed officer standing over her, who then proceeded to pull her blanket down and grab her breast, according to the affidavit.

Police said an internal investigation was launched.

Officer Stiles and another officer had stopped an intoxicated woman on Block Avenue at 12:03 a.m., Oct. 26, according to the affidavit. She was placed in Stiles’ patrol car to be taken to the Washington County Detention Center. The other officer left the scene at that time, according to Fayetteville Police Sgt. Craig Stout.

The affidavit states Stiles told the woman he was “trying his best not to arrest her” and asked if someone was home for him to take her to, she told Stiles that she lived alone and then Stiles turned off his police vehicle video recorder. Stout said that it is against policy for a police officer to turn off his recorder.

Police found that Stiles recorder was turned off again around the time the woman reported the officer to be in her apartment. Investigators used GPS data to place Stiles’ patrol car was located near The Cliffs at the times his recorder was turned off, according to Stout.

Stiles also lived and worked at his residence, The Cliffs, as a courtesy officer which gave him a master key to the apartment complex, according to Stout.

Investigators interviewed Stiles Dec. 3 concerning the allegation. The next day, he was placed on administrative leave, and relieved of his badge and gun pending the outcome of the internal investigation. On Dec. 6, Stiles was fired from the police department for eight policy violations, police said.

Stout said Stiles had been employed by the Fayetteville Police Department for almost three years.

The following day, a former Fayetteville Police Department dispatcher reported she had been sexually assaulted at her home in July by Stiles. She said Stiles was on-duty and in uniform at the time of the alleged assault.

Both the internal and criminal investigations are ongoing, according to Fayetteville police.

Stiles has been released from the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. His arraignment will be at 7:45 a.m., Jan. 24, 2014. The judge gave a no contact with the victims order, according to the detention center.

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