Life in Prison for Sex Offender in AR Case

FORT SMITH, Ark. - An Oklahoma sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison by an Arkansas federal judge.

Jack Lambeth, 58 of Midwest City pleaded guilty in August to crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12 years of age.

His sentence was on a charge of Interstate Travel with Intent to Engage in Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor. An additional 10 years was imposed due to the defendant’s status as a sex offender.

Court records show that in March of 2015, the Fort Smith Police Department began an undercover investigation directed at individuals who were using the internet to target minors for sexual activity. During the operation, an undercover officer went into an internet chat room and pretended to be an adult mother offering her 8 and 9 year old children for sexual exploitation. Lambeth began chatting with the undercover officer about the possibility of having a sexual encounter with the children. During the month of March, Lambeth made specific plans to travel to Arkansas to engage in such sexual acts, and also sent the undercover officer sexual devices to be used on the minors. On or about March 28th, Lambeth was arrested by the Fort Smith Police Department after he contacted the undercover officer stating he was at a local motel. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that Lambeth had previously been convicted of raping a minor and, in a subsequent case, a federal child pornography offense.
This case was investigated by Fort Smith Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

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