FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2012
Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorneyfor the Western District of
Arkansas, announced that Roger Bates pleaded guiltytodayto two (2) counts of Production of Child
Pornography. Chief United States District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III accepted the guilty plea in
U.S. District Court in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bates faces up to sixty years imprisonment for his
crimes. Duringthe plea hearing, Bates admitted to producingsexuallyexplicit photos of a seven year
old female on two separate occasions.
United States AttorneyEldridge commented, “This horrendous crime terrorized an innocent
little girl. This case epitomizes whywe continue to aggressivelyprosecute those who commit such
horrible acts against our children.”
According to court records, on or about May of 2011, an adult female contacted Bikers
Against Child Abuse with information that Bates had been taking sexual photos of minors.
Subsequently, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, and conducted an investigation
concerning the alleged abuse. During the investigation, a search warrant was executed on Bate’s
residence which revealed numerous computers and digital cameras. These items were forensically
examined by the Arkansas State Crime Lab and revealed numerous sexually explicit images of a 7
year old female that Bates had taken at his Johnson Countyresidence. During an interview with the
minor, she told law enforcement that it was, in fact, Bates who had taken the photo of her on each
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Johnson County
Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts and Candace Taylor prosecuted
the case for the United States.
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