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Pulaski County Man Arrested

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Pulaski County Man for Crimes Involving Children

Sun, Jul 10, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Oscar Ruben Donato of Little Rock on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

Donato, 44, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit today and was assisted by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $45,000 bond.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s office began investigating Donato after agents determined that someone using a computer at Donato’s address downloaded sexually explicit material involving children.

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Rutledge Fights to Protect Arkansas Students

Rutledge Fights to Protect Arkansas Students

Fri, Jul 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today, along with nine other states, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies and officials, which last month issued a directive requiring Arkansas public schools to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes. In addition to representing the State of Arkansas, Rutledge is also representing the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services. The federal government’s new directive threatens the common sense policies of the Division and the important funds supporting the Division’s work.

“The Obama Administration is using intimidation tactics in an attempt to force local schools to adopt a radical social policy that raises serious safety concerns for school-age children,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From a young age, children are taught not to be bullies, yet that is exactly what the federal government is doing by threatening the loss of funding if schools do not comply with this directive – a directive that unlawfully ignores the role of Congress. This proposal, which is part of a liberal social agenda, will disrupt the learning environment and be a detriment to the very children it intends to help, which is why today’s action is in the best interest of our students.”

The Obama Administration is attempting to rewrite Congress’s use of the term “sex” in federal law to mean “gender identity.” Current state law and federal regulations allow schools to maintain separate facilities based upon sex. The recent action by the Administration circumvents this established law by ignoring the appropriate legislative process necessary to change it. It also supersedes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis.

In addition to Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming have joined today’s filing by Nebraska.

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Never Forget Missing Children and Adults

Rutledge: Arkansas Will Never Forget Its Missing Children and Adults

Thu, Jul 7, 2016

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the fifth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at Camp Robinson. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults.

“It is impossible for us to understand the heartache and pain families go through when a loved one is missing,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As a State, however, we stand with them, pledging to never forget their family members. I hope that each person who attended today’s event comes away with renewed hope and a sense of comfort, knowing that there are countless individuals who will not rest until their loved one is found.”

“Continued training has always been essential, but with the explosive growth in technology and resources, it has become critical to law enforcement personnel conducting criminal investigations,” said retired police Sgt. Mark Simpson, from Arlington Texas. “Venues such as the Arkansas Never Forgotten event not only brings professionals from diverse law enforcement disciplines together to learn new technologies and techniques, but also allows them to interact and network. This type of training makes them better individually and professionally in working cases involving missing and exploited children.”

Sgt. Simpson spoke with members of law enforcement during a morning training session. Sgt. Simpson led the task force established to find Amber Hagerman and investigate her murder. Hagerman was abducted and recovered deceased in 1996, and her case led to the creation of the nationwide America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system.

A luncheon was hosted by Rutledge to honor the families of the missing and thank law enforcement for assisting in missing persons cases. The event also provided support and networking opportunities for families still searching and for those who have tragically lost loved ones.

During the luncheon, Morgan’s Choice Award was presented to the Bentonville Police Department for their work in apprehending a suspect who authorities believe traveled to Arkansas to target children. The Star of Excellence Award was presented to Rep. Bill Gossage for his tireless efforts to raise awareness and funding for the state’s 12 Child Abduction Response Teams.

Rutledge also partnered with the Morgan Nick Foundation to provide a daylong program for families of missing adults and children and families who have had loved ones recovered, both alive and deceased. The program facilitator was Duane Bowers, a nationally recognized and respected grief and trauma counselor who specializes in issues facing families of the missing.

Families were also able to meet with investigators about unsolved missing persons cases, provide information about their missing loved ones and, in some cases, provide DNA samples.

The event follows Rutledge’s announcement on Wednesday of a new website, NeverForgotten.ar.gov, which enables the public to access information on missing persons cases with an easy-to-use searchable database.

Assisting the Attorney General’s office with hosting the event were the Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, FBI, Morgan Nick Foundation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

The Attorney General’s office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

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Website to Assist with Missing Persons Cases

Website to Assist with Missing Persons Cases Unveiled by Attorney General and ACIC

Wed, Jul 6, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today, along with Rep. Bill Gossage and Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) Director Jay Winters, unveiled a website, hosted by ACIC, to assist with the more than 500 active Arkansas missing persons cases. NeverForgotten.ar.gov, which was launched today, enables the public to access information on missing persons cases with an easy-to-use searchable database.

“Since I became Attorney General, I have consistently heard that our State can do a better job of helping the public easily find information about these cases,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Now, all Arkansans will be able assist our law enforcement community by visiting this public website and obtaining information about missing Arkansans.”

“It is an exciting time as we see Arkansas bringing its resources to bear on locating missing kids and missing adults,” said Rep. Bill Gossage. “Today marks another huge step forward in bringing them home.”

“It is important for all agencies involved in locating missing children and adults to work in a partnership and this website is another step to accomplish that goal,” said Jay Winters, director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

“The Arkansas State Police is in a unique position to network with local law enforcement jurisdictions and share information relating to suspected homicide and disappearance cases,” said Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police. “Our doors at the State Police are always open to family members looking for help in finding the appropriate local jurisdiction and helping local police and sheriffs’ departments re-evaluate these cases that haunt countless families across the State.”

“We are pleased to partner with our State and local partners and participate with the Never Forgotten website,” stated Diane Upchurch, special agent in charge at the FBI Little Rock Field Office. “Working with our State and local partners to locate missing persons in Arkansas is important to the FBI, and we are happy to offer our resources to assist in the search for missing persons.”

"Every missing person matters,” said Colleen Nick, director of the Morgan Nick Foundation. “We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement community and the Attorney General’s office, unified in the fight to find those who are missing.”

Arkansas has over 500 unsolved missing persons cases, with those missing ranging from ages 2 to 99. Before this website was created, the public had limited access to information found in a full database of missing persons that has been maintained for law enforcement agencies. ACIC’s publicly searchable database had only about 50 missing persons listed and included missing persons cases on the agency’s website only when a local law enforcement agency submitted a special request.

NeverForgotten.ar.gov will include all missing persons from Arkansas and will be updated regularly. Arkansans who have missing loved ones should share as much information as possible, especially the most recent available photographs with their local law enforcement agency. Local agencies will provide updated information to ACIC to be included on the website.

In addition to Rutledge and ACIC, today’s website would not be possible without the partnership of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association, Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Little Rock Division, Morgan Nick Foundation and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

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