Former jailer/dispatcher arrested for indecent exposure

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    Gary Wayne Wilkes mugshot for story

    TERRICA HENDRIX
    Editor

    NASHVILLE – A former county jail dispatcher/jailer was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to female inmates, according to the sheriff.
    Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins confirmed that Gary Wilkes, 21, of Arkadelphia, was arrested on April 7 for indecent exposure.
    “Wilkes had been recently employed with Howard County as a jailer/dispatcher for the last several months, but turned in his resignation on Tuesday [April 5] citing his last day as Wed., April 6. His reason for leaving was ‘other employment opportunities,'” McJunkins stated.
    Wilkes’ came after Chief Deputy John Eric Glidewell and Jail Administrator Jana Tallant received reports about Wilkes showing “inappropriate pictures from his cell phone and later exposing himself in person to some of the female inmates over the last few days of him working as a jailor.”
    McJunkins added that Wilkes allegedly “passed hand written notes to them [female inmates] that contained inappropriate and explicit, sexual content.”
    Investigators Blake Eudy and Jade Hughes “joined the investigation and were able to obtain a probable cause finding from District Judge Gunter for the offense,” McJunkins said.
    Wilkes was arrested when he arrived at the Howard County Jail to pick up his last paycheck on April 7.
    The judge set Wilkes’ bond for the Class A misdemeanor at $5,000 and he bonded out of jail that day. Wilkes was ordered to appear in district court on June 16.