FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2013
Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Troy Rowlette, age 46 of Lake View, was sentenced today to 115 months imprisonment for knowingly receiving child pornography. United States District Court Judge P. K. Holmes III handed down the sentence in federal court in Fort Smith, which also included five years supervised release upon Rowlette’s release from prison.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “This case represents the good work the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce and its partners are doing to rid our community of child pornography. The victimization of the children in these videos and images is unspeakable, and we will continue to work tirelessly to hold the perpetrators of these crimes responsible.”
According to court documents, from January to March 2012, the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce conducted an investigation into the trafficking of child pornography over the internet in the Mountain Home area. During the course of this investigation, Troy Rowlette was identified as a possible suspect. In March of last year, a search warrant was executed at Rowlette’s residence. At that time, law enforcement learned that Rowlette had a laptop computer and other digital storage devices that were used exclusively by him. A subsequent forensic examination of these items revealed multiple images and videos of minors engaged in sexual conduct. Rowlette was then interviewed by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, where he admitted to downloading child pornography from the internet. Rowlette was subsequently charged in federal court with receipt and possession of child pornography. On November 19, 2012, Rowlette pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. At sentencing, Chief Federal District Court Judge Holmes was presented evidence by the Government that Rowlette had over 2,000 still images and 190 different videos of child pornography located on his computer and other devices. Some of the images depicted minors as young as 3 years of age.
This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, Homeland Security Investigations, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mountain Home Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted this 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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