BOONE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 80 MONTHS
FOR ONLINE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2013
Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Joseph Johnson, 44, of Diamond City, Arkansas, was sentenced to 80 months without the possibility of parole for downloading child pornography from the internet. The sentencing took place before the Honorable P. K. Holmes III in United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Crimes that victimize children, including child pornography offenses, remain among the highest priorities for my office. We will continue to bring those involved in these despicable crimes to justice.”
According to court records, beginning in August of 2012, the Arkansas State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began investigating a user documented as possessing images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct via a peer-to-peer network known to be utilized for the trade and distribution of child pornography. The IP address of the computer was determined to be registered to a residence in Diamond City, Arkansas. On September 20, 2012, the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant on this residence and seized two computers that were later determined to contain multiple images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on the hard drive. After being informed of his rights, Johnson admitted to viewing and possessing child pornography images on his computer. Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography on March 25, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Homeland Security Investigation. 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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