Missouri man arrested in Arkansas for arranging sex with child
FAULKNER COUNTY —
A Missouri man drove more than 300 miles to Conway Sunday evening, but what he found when on his arrival wasn't what he was hoping to find.
Faulkner County authorities tell us Daniel L. Robideaux from Columbia, Mo. wasn't just driving to see a neighboring state, he came to central Arkansas with an intent. That reason was to have sex with what he thought was a 10-year-old girl.
It was business as usual at the Office Depot parking lot in Conway Monday, a change from Sunday night when it turned into a meeting place for an undercover sex sting.
Police say Robideaux walked up wanting to know where the young girl was.
"Once they feel like they know you, you know they want to meet you, they want to meet you in person," said Lt. Matt Rice with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives said for two months Robideaux thought on the other end of his computer was a mother willing to offer up herself and her 10-year-old daughter for sex, but instead it was an undercover deputy.
"He had an agenda there and they talked about through the internet several different times," Rice added. "When asked about wanting to meet to make this happen, we set up a meet."
Further investigation shows the 32-year-old Robideaux has been on disability for three years, and isn't currently employed.
Our deeper look into prior run-ins with the law only show a few speeding tickets, but now in Arkansas he's facing a felony charge for internet stalking of a child.
"These investigators are having to listen to this and see images that they don't want to see, and talk about things they don't want to talk about in order to do this," Rice said.
Robideaux's bond has been set at $100,000.
Faulkner County reports this is the third arrest on a child sex predator since it set up the system about a year ago.