CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A deputy sheriff with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has been terminated after allegations of sexual assault involving a 14-year-old female.
A press release issued by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office states that on March 9, 2014, the agency was notified of a sexual assault allegation involving on if its deputy sheriffs, Keith Rick, as the suspect.
FCSO advised the 14-year-old's mother to contact the Conway Police Department, given that was where the alleged incident took place. Once the report was filed, Rick was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The press release states that while deputies were at Rick's home notifying him of the situation, Rick made comments that caused him to be terminated Monday morning. The FCSO said the statements Rick made will not be released due to the ongoing investigation; the victim was reportedly an acquaintance of Rick's.
Sheriff Andy Shock said, "Rick was not on duty or in his official capacity whatsoever when the alleged incident took place."
Rick, 24, had been employed at the FCSO since 2008, starting as a detention officer. He was transferred to the prisoner transport division in August of 2010, where his title was deputy sheriff. In March of 2013 he was transferred to the patrol division, where he was assigned until his termination.