Sex Offender Arrested After Entering Elementary School

BENTON, AR - A Saline County man is behind bars after violating his terms of release.

According to police, Robert Warford, 39, of Saline County, reportedly entered Ringgold Elementary School on the morning of Aug. 18 between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m., while students and parents were entering the school for their first day back.

Police say Warford did have a valid reason to be at the school, but violated his terms of release by not letting the staff know and requesting an escort while on school grounds.

After reviewing witness statements and video evidence, detectives with the Benton Police Department arrested Warford on Aug. 20.

Warford is charged with being a Registered Sex Offender Prohibited from Entering a School Campus and is currently being held at the Saline County Detention Facility.

This investigation is on-going, but anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.

Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip.

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