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FORREST CITY MAN SENTENCED IN PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

March 12, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Freddie Wallace, age 42, of Forrest City, Arkansas, was sentenced late Friday, March 9, 2012, by United States District Judge Susan Webber Wright to 265 months imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release for producing and possessing child pornography. Wallace was also ordered to undergo intensive sex offender therapy and to register as a sex offender.

Wallace was found guilty by a jury of one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography on September 8, 2011. Evidence presented during the trial revealed that the investigation began when a confidential informant brought a video depicting the exploitation of sleeping minors to the Wynne Police Department stating it had been made by Wallace. Detectives determined that Wallace had made the video and obtained a state search warrant for Wallace’s home. Additional video tapes and DVDs were seized from Wallace’s home. The seized media included similar images of child pornography as to that turned in by the confidential informant. The United States Secret Service provided the Wynne Police Department with investigative support and ultimately brought the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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 the Wynne Police Department and the United States Secret Service. Marsha Clevenger prosecuted the case for the United States.

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