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HOT SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO 87 MONTHS
FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2013

 






Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Paul Dunn, 50, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was sentenced to 87 months in prison without parole and five years of supervised release for downloading child pornography from the internet. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Susan O. Hickey on Tuesday in United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

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 records, beginning in August of 2011, the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce launched an undercover internet investigation into the online trafficking and possession of child pornography in the Hot Springs area. In doing so, the investigators were able to locate and download images of child pornography from a computer that was later determined to be owned by Paul Dunn of Hot Springs, Arkansas. On February 1, 2012, a federal search warrant was executed on his residence. At that time, Dunn’s computer and other digital media were seized as evidence. A subsequent forensic examination on the seized evidence revealed numerous images of child pornography, including multiple videos of minors engaged in sexual conduct with adults. Dunn pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography on June 7, 2013.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. 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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