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February 10, 2014


Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Travis Brown, age 44, appeared today in United States Magistrate Court for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge James Marschewski on child pornography charges. Brown is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith.

On January 29, 2014, a Federal Grand Jury issued an indictment against Brown charging four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

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.”

“Individuals who trade child pornography further the re-victimization of innocent children who’ve been subjected to sexual exploitation,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "This case shows HSI investigators are actively working to disrupt the trade of these illegal images, and also to identify and seek prosecution of the criminals who possess them.” Parmer oversees a five-state region including Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

This case is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Allison Bragg is prosecuting the case for the United States.

The charges in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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