February 17, 2022
SUSPECTs ARRESTED AFTER INVESTIGATION
BENTON, AR - On February 16, 2022, the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) responded to a domestic disturbance on McPherson Ridge on the east side of the county. Upon investigation, it was determined the argument began over allegations of sex trafficking.
Upon further investigation, it was determined the offenders knowingly solicited and arranged a meeting with a person of authority over a child fifteen (15) years of age or younger in an effort to arrange a meeting with the child for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse, sexually explicit conduct, or deviate sexual activity.
Sheriff Rodney Wright reports county investigators have arrested and charged 41-year-old Christy Halpine with Trafficking of Persons, Internet Stalking of a Child, and Consenting to the Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. Additionally, 32-year-old Terry Smith Jr. was also arrested and charged with Trafficking of Persons and Internet Stalking of a Child. Both suspects are being held at the Saline County Detention Center and are awaiting a First Judicial Appearance which will be held Friday morning.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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Photograph 1: Suspect Christy Halpine
Photograph 2: Suspect Terry Smith Jr