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MADISON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS
FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2013

 






Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that James Hanna, age 67, of Japton, Arkansas was sentenced today for producing images of child pornography. Hanna was sentenced to sixty (60) years imprisonment without the possibility of parole, supervised release for life if ever released from prison, and a $25,000 fine. United States District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren presided over the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “Crimes against children victimize the most vulnerable in our communities. The Defendant in this case produced child pornography by preying on several minor girls, some as young as 13 years old. With this sentence, he has been held accountable for these crimes. We will continue to do all we can to investigate and prosecute those who commit these reprehensible offenses.”

According to documents filed in the case, in August of 2012, a concerned parent contacted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office with information that Hanna had sexually assaulted two females who were thirteen (13) years of age. In response, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the minors and discovered that Hanna had been taking sexually explicit photos of them at his home. Based on this information, a search warrant was executed at Hanna’s residence, which resulted in the confiscation of several computers, digital cameras, and digital storage devices. A subsequent forensic examination of the confiscated items revealed multiple sexually explicit images of the minors. Hanna pleaded guilty to two counts of Producing Child Pornography on January 7, 2013. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with information that Hanna had produced sexually explicit images of at least six (6) different minors, ranging in age from thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) years of age.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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