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FORMER NLR SCHOOL BOARD OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

March 22, 2011

Little Rock -Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Malcolm Trent Cox, age 48, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Susan Webber Wright to one count of Possession of Child Pornography. The remaining count for Receipt of Child Pornography was dismissed.

In May, 2009, a Little Rock Police Department Detective was investigating Arkansas computers that were sharing child pornography on the internet. During this peer-to-peer investigation, the Detective discovered a computer that was receiving and possessing child pornography. A subpoena to the internet service provider for the computer revealed it belonged to Mary Cox in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Based on this information, the Detective obtained a search warrant for the Cox residence. On September 17, 2009, the search warrant was executed and computer evidence was seized. Malcolm Cox was advised of his Miranda rights, waived them and admitted that he used Limewire, a file sharing software, to download child pornography. A subsequent forensic analysis of the computer equipment revealed thousands of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Cox faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to a $250,000 with a minimum of 5 years up to a lifetime of supervised release. Cox will be sentenced at a date to be determined by the Court. He was not taken into custody today but was ordered to report to the United States Marshal on Monday, April 4, 2011.

This investigation was conducted by the Little Rock Police Department with assistance from the North Little Rock Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marsha Clevenger.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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