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JONESBORO MAN INDICTED IN FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

January 11, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Shawn Rowlett, age 43, of Jonesboro was indicted for Production and Possession of Child Pornography.

On December 10, 2011, a citizen reported to the Jonesboro Police Department that she witnessed Shawn Rowlett molesting an underage teen. On December 12, 2011, the minor victim was interviewed. The minor stated that Shawn Rowlett had sex with her at a hunting cabin located near Strawberry, AR and also reported that Rowlett had taken pictures of her without clothes.

After the victim was interviewed, Shawn Rowlett’s wife delivered several recording devices, a laptop computer with SD card, and an external hard drive to the Jonesboro Police Department. A search warrant was obtained to search the equipment. Using special software, over 250 images of notable child pornography, including videos and photographs, were located on the external hard drive. In one of the videos, the recording device is turned from the minor to reveal Shawn Rowlett in his underwear.

If convicted, Rowlett faces a sentence of not less than 15 years to not more than 30 years in prison and/or up to a $250,000 fine with not less than 5 years up to life of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police and the Jonesboro Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Marsha Clevenger is prosecuting this 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.

An indictment contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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