SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR DOWLOADING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Anthony Yager, 49, of Springdale was sentenced today to 15 years imprisonment for downloading child pornography. Additionally, the defendant will be supervised by United States Probation for 25 years after his release from prison and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren in United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Victimizing innocent children is horrendous and inexcusable, and this Defendant willfully chose to continue this illicit behavior in spite of being previously convicted. Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse of children is downloaded or viewed, those children are re-victimized. Thanks to the hard work of each of the agencies involved, this Defendant was brought to justice, and we will continue to aggressively prosecute cases such as this and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
According to court records, on or about December 12, 2012, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Northwest Arkansas executed a search warrant at a home located in Springdale. While at the home, law enforcement encountered the defendant, Anthony Yager, and confiscated a laptop computer that Yager admitted belonged to him. A subsequent forensic examination of the computer revealed over 100 videos of minors engaged in sexual activity. In May, Yager pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that Yager had been previously convicted of Sexual Abuse 1St degree and was consequently required to register as a sex offender during the commission of the new offense.
This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Springdale Police Department. 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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