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Fayetteville man arrested in sex trafficking investigation

by Tom Sissom | June 8, 2021 at 2:11 p.m.
Najja Phillips

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fayetteville man was arrested Monday in connection with sex trafficking of a minor after FBI agents and local law enforcement officers searched his residence.

Najja Phillips, 26, of 3259 W. Jewell Road, was arrested in connection with transporting a minor for prohibited sexual conduct and sexual assault. He was being held Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

Connor Hagan, spokesman for the FBI office in Little Rock, confirmed Phillips was the target of a search that spanned several hours Monday.

"That's who we were looking for," Hagan said. "We arrested him and did a search of his residence."

Hagan said Tuesday the FBI wasn't releasing any other information about Phillips and said the case will be filed in state court, not in federal court.

An arrest warrant for Philips was filed in Washington County Circuit Court on May 25 and listed four counts of trafficking of minor persons, a Class Y felony, and one count of sexual assault, a Class D felony.

The warrant contained no details of the allegations against Phillips and Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett said Tuesday he would have to check with the FBI to determine if any other information could be released.

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