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May 30, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Charles Coulter, age 37, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, was sentenced by United States District Judge Brian S. Miller to 30 years imprisonment, the statutory maximum, followed by supervised release for life for Production of Child Pornography. In addition to the thirty-year sentence, Coulter was also required to register as a sex offender, was ordered not to have contact with the minor and to undergo sex offender therapy.

Coulter was indicted on January 4, 2011, on one count of Production of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography. He plead to one count of Production of Child Pornography on February 29, 2012.

The investigation began on June 17, 2010, when North Little Rock Police Officers responded to an address in North Little Rock after a concerned neighbor reported that she had seen a questionable text message she believed had been sent from Charles Coulter's phone to a minor. The text message was sexually explicit. The officers also made contact with another witness who stated that he had seen pictures of a minor on Mr. Coulter's computer and they were "nasty."

The officers then made contact with Charles Coulter at his residence. Coulter gave consent to search his residence and his computers. Coulter powered up his computer, typed in his password and navigated to an image depicting a nude minor. During the search of the residence, a sexually explicit photograph of a minor was located in Coulter's bedroom dresser.

On this same date, Coulter was interviewed after he signed a written waiver of rights form. During the interview, Coulter admitted to having taken over 100 nude photographs of a minor and to having recurrent sexual contact with the minor from October 2009 to April 2010.

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 North Little Rock Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Marsha Clevenger prosecuted this case for the United States.

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