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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas State Police Capt. Steven Bryan Davis of Troop H in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH -- The commander of Arkansas State Police Troop H was charged Thursday with misdemeanor loitering after being accused of asking undercover Fort Smith detectives to perform a sex act while he watched.

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State police Capt. Bryan Davis, 51, who is listed as Steven Bryan Davis in the charge filed in Fort Smith District Court, was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest Tuesday afternoon, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Davis was released from custody the same day he was arrested.

A news release from Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue on Thursday said Davis is to be arraigned on the charge at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. If convicted of the Class C misdemeanor, Davis could be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail and fined up to $500.

Loitering is defined as unlawfully lingering or remaining in a public place for the purpose of engaging or soliciting another person to engage in prostitution or deviate sexual activity.

A Fort Smith police report said two detectives in the street crimes unit, a man and a woman, were conducting a random check for sexual activity in the city's parks Tuesday afternoon. Driving an unmarked vehicle, they pulled into the parking area of a riverfront walking trail north of downtown Fort Smith where they saw a parked pickup occupied by a man later identified as Davis, the report said.

As the two detectives drove through the parking area, Davis flashed his vehicle's headlights at them, a recognized signal of someone wanting to make contact for sexual activity in the park, the report said. The detectives also could tell that Davis was watching pornography on a computer in his pickup, the report said. He was not in uniform, the report said.

The detectives parked, and Davis approached them, the report said. He proposed watching the man and woman engage in oral sex to stimulate himself, according to the report.

When he got into the detectives' car, one of them showed him a badge and they arrested him, the report said.

Davis has been commander of Troop H since May of 2014, Sadler said. He joined the state police as a law enforcement officer in May 1990. Before that, he worked for the department as a civilian, beginning in December 1987, Sadler said.

Troop H covers Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Sebastian counties.

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  • Nodmcm
    September 2, 2016 at 4:59 a.m.

    Is that deviate sexual activity, to desire to watch heterosexual sex? I imagine Arkansas is full of 'deviates,' in that case. Maybe Arkansas should just go ahead and outlaw pornography. That's the latest 'thing' on the right, to outlaw pornography. I suppose in Fort Smith, they're getting a head start on it.

  • AuntPetunia
    September 2, 2016 at 8:53 a.m.

    I think the issue is having sex in a public place. Maybe parks need to reserve a portion of land as "adults only"?

  • BEARTRAP919
    September 2, 2016 at 10 a.m.

    To attempt to ruin a Man's reputation and his Job over simply wanting to watch some Preverts having Sex in a Car is about as low as you can go. Making Crimes out of Victomless acts should be the BIG CRIME, Everyone should have known about all of the Ignorant Crap that would start happening when Republicans took over the STATE in the last Election, Trump is Number 1 in Arkansas, that should tell you everything you need to know about Arkansas and their small minded Legislators

  • ARMNAR
    September 2, 2016 at 11:09 a.m.

    Not gay. Not transgender.

  • Whippersnapper
    September 2, 2016 at 11:09 a.m.

    Bear, these laws have been on the books for far longer than Republicans have controlled the legislature in Arkansas. Your ignorance is fueling your partisanship to new levels of hilarity.

  • Packman
    September 2, 2016 at 11:12 a.m.

    Hey Beartrap - Your bias and ignorance is on full display. Do think this type of activity is only a crime in Arkansas? Your bigotry is breathtaking, Bear.
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    It doesn't matter if this is a "victimless" crime, it's a crime nonetheless. This guy has a job where the rule of law reigns supreme. He knew what he was doing was a against the law, however unjust your or I or anyone else may feel the law to be. He played with fire and got burned. End. Of. Discussion.

  • DEE672
    September 2, 2016 at 11:52 a.m.

    What the heck is the crime here ??? Loitering ? For heaven's sake why is this man being charged with anything? I don't want to see anyone having sex, str8 or gay, but where is a crime ?

  • YoungHog
    September 2, 2016 at 12:12 p.m.

    he is a perve.. that really wanted oral from the girl but asked to watch... gay as it is..this is funny and sad..

  • NoUserName
    September 2, 2016 at 12:37 p.m.

    I think he asked to watch specifically because he's a cop. It isn't prostitution and I wouldn't classify it as deviate behavior either. So he might not be convicted if it goes to trial. If the two had gone along with it, then he'd have asked for something else. Betcha.

  • NoUserName
    September 2, 2016 at 12:39 p.m.

    Incidentally, I recall having headlights flashed at me when I was in Reservoir Park. Now I get it...

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