Bond set in alleged sexual assault


A $10,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Edward Ivy, 23, with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Ivy was arrested after the mother of the alleged victim contacted police last Saturday, according to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jerry Lambert of the Pine Bluff Police Department.

The mother allegedly told police she had disciplined the boy and as a part of the discipline, took away his cell phone. She said she was going through the phone and found nude photos of her son and Ivy, and the son allegedly admitted that he had been involved in an intimate relationship with Ivy that ended on Valentine’s Day.

Lambert said that when Ivy was questioned, he told police he was the one who broke off the relationship. He also allegedly said he thought the boy was older.

As a condition of the bond, Ivy was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Ivy said he would hire his own attorney.