The Arcadia Police Department reported the arrest of Melissa Grace Kaywell, 37, on 25 charges of sexual assault of a victim age 12 or older under special conditions and two counts of contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor.
According to the arrest report, a relative told APD that Kaywell was believed to have engaged in sexual acts with a minor female victim, and that she may also have been giving underage children illegal drugs and alcohol. Text messages between the two reportedly substantiate that the two had been having sexual contact.
Kaywell's son also reported that Kaywell was having sex with a minor. A man close to the family told police Kaywell talked to him about her having sexual contact with a minor girl, and said she gives her money and lets the girl drive her van.
Another woman then told APD she had witnessed Kaywell having sex with a minor girl multiple times , and that she would pay that victim $50 to $150 for sex. One witness also alleged Kaywell had forced a minor to perform sexual acts with other adults. These acts are alleged to have occurred starting in 2014 and continuing through 2018.
Kaywell was arrested on Nov. 15 and is being held on the DeSoto County Jail on $626,000 bond. She is scheduled for a Dec. 17 court appearance.