Former police officer accused of rape also worked as apartment security guard
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —
An accusation of rape led to a former Fayetteville police officer being fired from his job and arrested.
Police said a woman who lived at the Cliffs Apartments in Fayetteville reported she was raped by a uniformed officer in early November, but did not know the officer’s name. Authorities said technology helped them identify Jamison Stiles, who had been with the department since 2011.
“We were able to look at GPS data, time that he had checked out in the area — relatively close to that area — which added a lot of credibility to the victim’s statement,” said Craig Stout of Fayetteville police.
Police said Stiles also worked as a security guard at the Cliffs Apartment Complex and had a master key to all of the apartments.
Stiles was relieved of his badge and placed on administrative leave on Dec. 4. He was terminated on Dec. 16 for various policy violations, including refusal to cooperate with the rape investigation.
A day later, a former Fayetteville police dispatcher reported Stiles had sexually assaulted her at her home while he was on duty.
On Sunday, authorities said Stiles bonded out of jail. He will appear in front of a judge on Jan. 24.
Residents in the apartment complex were shocked to hear the news, saying it makes it even worse that he was an officer.
“You just don’t know who you can trust, especially a policeman. You think you can trust them and you should be able to, and then all of a sudden, you find out that person did that,” said Cliffs Apartments II resident Crystal Wair.
Wair said she wants the apartments to have better screening process for employees.
“I hope that they do more background checks, but it’s kind of scary if they do pass the background checks. It’s freakier because you never know who people are,” Wair said.
Even though she doesn’t trust police after the incident, Wair said she’d like to see more of a police presence on the property.
“They need to keep people safe. Maybe they should have different cops come in and patrol now and then, not just the same ones they hire,” Wair said.
Police said it will take a lot of work to repair their image.
“Unfortunately, any time an incident happens like this — whether it’s in Fayetteville or whether it’s somewhere across the country — it gives all of law enforcement a bad name,” Stout said. “This is something that we’re going to have to work really hard to try and rebuild the trust of the public, but it’s something that we’re going to strive for.”
Fayetteville police said Stiles worked at the Rogers Police Department previously.