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February 3, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Johnny Dodd, age 33, of Paragould, Arkansas, was sentenced by United States District Judge Brian S. Miller to 120 months imprisonment, the statutory maximum, followed by supervised release for life for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography.

“We are so very fortunate to have valuable law enforcement partners like Homeland Security involved in Project Safe Childhood. The work done by Homeland Security agents in Boston, together with Homeland Security agents here in the Eastern District of Arkansas resulted in the removal of another predator from the internet,” stated Thyer. “With the help of the Arkansas State Police, this case shows the value of cooperation in and with federal and state agencies to make the Internet safer for our children.”

On May 13, 2008, the Homeland Security (HSI) received information from Boston HSI that an individual in Paragould, Arkansas, was using Google Hello to send and receive child pornography. The owner of the internet service was determined to be Logan Dodd, Jr., the defendant’s father. On June 25, 2008, HSI agents and agents with the Arkansas State Police conducted a “knock and talk” at the home of Logan Dodd, Jr. Logan Dodd Jr.’s son, Johnny Dodd (Dodd), met with agents and signed a consent to search form to allow agents to search his computer. When asked by agents if he was distributing child pornography using Google Hello, Dodd confirmed that he was and stated his user name was “SPYHUNTERALPHA.” This was the same user name discovered in the undercover operation in Boston.

A subsequent forensic examination revealed over 5,000 pictures of child pornography and 61 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Dodd’s collection consisted exclusively of prepubescent minors, with most of the images involving toddlers. The images included sadistic/ masochistic conduct, beastiality and depicted violence against minors. The images also contained captions describing violent acts that should occur to the minors, including strangulation, rape and death. Mixed in his collection of child pornography, Dodd had autopsy pictures of minors that had been strangled and raped.

At the sentencing hearing, the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested Dodd be given the maximum sentence and be under supervised release for life following incarceration. The Court agreed and ordered, in addition to lifetime supervision, that Dodd undergo sex offender therapy and that he register as a sex offender. Dodd was also ordered to forfeit his computer equipment. Dodd has been in custody since his plea of guilty October 14, 2011.

The matter was prosecuted federally pursuant to Project Safe Childhood, a 2006 Department of Justice initiative aimed at combating the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. Through the Project Safe Childhood initiative, United States Attorneys Offices across the country are directed to work with all levels of law enforcement---federal, state, and local—to aggressively investigate and prosecute Internet child predators.

The case is a result of an investigation by Homeland Security and Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Marsha W. Clevenger prosecuted this case for the United States.

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