Update: A Benton County Court trial date set for Stacy Digby has been rescheduled. It was to be January 8, but a continuance was granted Monday, January 7. The new trial is April 2 at 8 a.m.
On January 8, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible inappropriate relationship between Stacy Digby and a 17-year-old girl.
Community and church members voiced their concerns about the interactions between the girl and Digby. The police report lists one such instance at a local bowling alley where the bowling alley manager and a woman saw the teen sitting on Digby’s lap.
When taken in for questioning, the 17-year-old told police she did stay the night at Digby’s home, but only once when her sister, Digby’s kids and his girlfriend were there.
The teen told police she had known Digby for six years, but she started to really hang out with him about four years ago.
On January 10, police questioned her grandmother and younger sister. The younger sister confirmed the 17-year-old and Digby met up several times in public and private. She also stated Digby and the 17-year-old started the relationship about four years ago.
The younger sister also confirmed to police the 17-year-old kept in communication with Digby through text. The two would send each other numerous photos including pictures of genitalia.
On January 24, detectives went to Digby’s parent’s house, where they believed he was hiding his computer. During the conversation, Digby’s mother said he was the worship leader at Highfill United Methodist Church and was pretty much the second person in charge besides the actual pastor. After obtaining a warrant, detectives seized a 500GB external hard drive from Digby’s parent’s milk barn.
On January 29, investigators interviewed an ex-girlfriend of Digby’s about the case.
The ex-girlfriend told police Digby confessed to having pictures of the 17 year old and to having sexual intercourse since she was 12 or 13 years old.
Digby was arrested on Wednesday, March 28, and faces charges of Sexual Indecency with a Child and Sexual Assault in the First Degree.
Digby has a bond set for $60,000 and a court date set for May 7.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office confirms Highfill Mayor Stacy Digby was arrested at 11:30 a.m.
He is facing charges of Sexual Indecency with a Child and Sexual Assault in the First Degree.
Digby was previously investigated by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, authorities say.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in January at the 44-year-old mayor’s residence.
Deputies didn’t release any further information on the case due to the ongoing investigation.
The City of Highfill was made aware of the investigation but did not have a comment.
Pastor Russ Hall, Highfill United Methodist Church, said Digby was a very active member, but he does not have any particular position regarding youth in that church.
Pastor Hall said even with the investigation he stood behind Digby.
“I would vouch for his character,” Pastor Hall said.
Digby is currently in the Benton County Jail.
More details on this case as it becomes available.