FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013
Fayetteville, Arkansas- Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Stephen Charles Smith, age 60 of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 96 months imprisonment without the possibility of parole for receiving or downloading child pornography from the internet. United States District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren ordered Smith to pay $5,000 in fines and to serve 20 years supervised release upon his release from prison.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “Victimizing innocent children is horrendous and inexcusable. Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse of children is downloaded or viewed, those children are re-victimized. We will continue to aggressively prosecute cases such as this and hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable.”
According to court documents, in May of 2012, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce conducted an investigation into the trade and distribution of child pornography over the internet in Northwest Arkansas. During the course of this investigation, Stephen Smith was identified as a possible suspect and a federal search warrant was later executed at his residence in Fayetteville. Upon executing the search warrant, law enforcement discovered multiple large screen monitors and several computers that contained child pornography. After being advised of and waiving his Miranda rights, Smith admitted to downloading and possessing child pornography. At the sentencing hearing, Federal District Court Judge Hendren was presented evidence by the Government that Smith possessed over 25 different videos of child pornography, many of which involved minors under the age of 12 engaged in sadistic and masochistic conduct.
This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted this case for the United States.
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