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June 25, 2012


Hot Springs, Arkansas- Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District
of Arkansas, announced that David Smith, age 38, of Sherwood, Arkansas, formerly of Hot Springs,
Arkansas was sentenced to 50 years for production of child pornography today before United States
District Court Judge Robert T. Dawson in the U.S. District Court in Hot Springs.
On October 6, 2011, Smith pleaded guilty to 12 counts of production of child pornography.
Following the pronouncement of Smith’s sentence, Judge Dawson ordered Smith to pay $3,000.00
in fines and serve 50 years per count, concurrent, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for
production of child pornography.
Smith was convicted in Garland County, Arkansas, in 1993 for Carnal Abuse in the First
Degree, a crime against a 13-year-old female. As a result of that conviction, Smith was required to
register in Arkansas as a sex offender. In 2007, Smith resided with a family that included minor
daughters. From 2007 through 2010, Smith produced images of child pornography of those minors
and he saved those contraband images to his computer.
When Sherwood Police detectives investigated Smith in August 2010 for selling firearms
over the internet, Smith’s computer was seized and analyzed by forensic computer examiners. That
examination revealed child pornography that appeared to be produced at a local residence. A.T.F.
Special Agent Edwin Starr then began investigating Smith’s background and identified the minor
victims, after learning Smith had lived at a particular residence in Hot Springs from 2007 to mid-
2010. The victims were ages 8 and 12 at the time the abuse began and it lasted for three years.
United States Attorney Conner Eldridge commented, “These crimes are reprehensible and
horrendous. The defendant has been held accountable for them and sentenced to a lengthy term in
prison. We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who pose a threat to our children.”
This case was investigated by the Sherwood Police Department, Federal Bureau of
Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Assistant United States
Attorney Kyra E. Jenner prosecuted this case for the United States.
The Office of U.S. Attorney
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