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WYNNE MAN FOUND GUILTY IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

September 8, 2011

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Freddie Wallace, age 42, of Wynne, Arkansas, was found guilty by a jury of two child pornography counts.

"This case demonstrates the success of the Project Safe Childhood initiative in the Eastern District of Arkansas. When federal investigative agencies and local law enforcement agencies work together to protect citizens, the end result is that child predators are removed from our neighborhoods and are no longer able to victimize our children," stated Thyer.

This case was originally being investigated by the Wynne Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division. While working an unrelated case in Wynne, the United States Secret Service (USSS) offered assistance to the Wynne Police Department for cases they were investigating. The USSS provided additional investigative support and ultimately brought the case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution under federal statutes. When convicted under federal statutes, the sentence served is typically longer since there is no parole in the federal system.

The two-day trial ended late this afternoon with a guilty verdict for Production of Child Pornography and a guilty verdict on Possession of Child Pornography. According to evidence presented during the trial, a search warrant was issued for Wallace's residence in late September 2009. During that search, a sexually explicit VHS C recording of a minor made by Wallace was found. In addition, investigators found a DVD copy of that same VHS C recording.

Wallace faces a sentence of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years imprisonment for production of child pornography. He faces a sentence of up to ten years imprisonment for the possession of child pornography. Wallace could additionally be fined up to $250,000 on each count. The sentencing date will be set at a later date to be determined by the Court. Wallace remains in custody subsequent to the trial.

This case was investigated, as stated earlier, by the Wynne, Arkansas, Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division with support from the United States Secret Service. First Assistant United States Attorney Jane Duke and Assistant United States Attorney Marsha Clevenger prosecuted the case for the United States.

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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