SCSO Conducts Operation Undivided

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Over the last several days the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, along with other multiple law agencies, have conducted Operation Undivided.  The goal of the operation was to locate and verify every sex offender in Sebastian County.  Participating agencies included:  SCSO; ACC (Parole); HSI; Bonanza Police Department; and the Fort Smith Police Department.

​Of the over 300 registered sex offenders in Sebastian County, just under 300 were verified.  This resulted in a 77.8% compliance rate.  

​There are eight warrants pending for failure to register/comply.  Two were arrested for collateral crimes during the operation. Level two offender Eric Chestine, 31, of Huntington was arrested for manufacturing of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a premise for narcotics sales.  Level three offender John Wesley Jones, 56, of Fort Smith was arrested for failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia, felony.  

​Two children under the age of five were located with an offender and taken by DHS.  Two electronic devices were seized and are pending forensic investigation.

​SCSO Captain Pevehouse said, “we cannot thank enough area law enforcement partners and the cooperation exhibited over the last several days.  SCSO will remain vigilant in protecting our county and insuring compliance from those who have been tried, convicted, and are to register with the appropriate law enforcement agency.”

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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