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TWO INDICTED ON FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PRODUCTION CHARGES

June 15, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Shannon Marie Adams, age 42 of Searcy, was ordered to be held until trial at a detention hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Beth M. Deere today. Adams and Don Ray Harris, age 57, of Heber Springs, were both indicted June 6, 2012, on one count of production of child pornography. Harris was also indicted on one count of possession of child pornography. Harris is detained pending a detention hearing. Trial has been set for August 28, 2012 before United States District Judge Billy Roy Wilson.

The investigation began when a citizen notified the Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss of an incident involving Don Harris and a minor female. The investigation revealed that on October 31, 2011, the minor female was taken to the home of Don Harris by Adams for the purpose of having the minor engage in sexually explicit conduct and to produce an image of the conduct. The Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) also participated in the investigation.

“The crimes perpetrated against this victim are reprehensible,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans. “For a few moments of perverse pleasure, these defendants have inflicted psychological scars on an innocent child that could last a lifetime. HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners like the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office to aggressively investigate those who prey upon our children.” Parmer oversees HSI activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

If convicted, Harris and Adams both face a possible sentence of not less than 15 to not more than thirty years of incarceration and/or $250,000 fine with not less than 5 years up to a lifetime of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 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.

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

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