TWO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS MEN CHARGED WITH OFFENSES INVOLVING SEXUAL ABUSE OF SMALL CHILDREN AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2014
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Scott Sholds, 31, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, appeared for arraignment today before United States Magistrate Judge Erin Setser on charges of producing sexually explicit images of a minor.
In another recent case, Randy Bise, 51, of West Fork, Arkansas, appeared for arraignment on separate charges of producing sexually explicit images of a minor. Both defendants were arrested by Fayetteville Police Department and are expected to remain in custody pending prosecution.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “It is incomprehensible that someone would sexually abuse very small children. Such crimes are reprehensible and we must do everything in our power to both prevent abuse and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The production of child pornography is one of the most heinous crimes HSI encounters. Individuals who sexually abuse children destroy lives, and those who trade child pornography re-victimize these innocent children who’ve already been subjected to unimaginable harm,” 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 produce and possess them.”
According to public records, Sholds was arrested on April 15, 2014 by the Fayetteville Police Department for raping and sexually assaulting an approximately two-year-old female. On May 7, 2014, a Federal Grand Jury issued an indictment against Sholds charging him with four Counts of Production of Child Pornography and one Count of Possession of Child Pornography.
According to public records, Bise was arrested on March 15, 2014 by the Fayetteville Police Department for raping an approximately eight-year-old male. Bise was formally charged by a Federal Grand Jury with two Counts of Production of Child Pornography and one Count of Possession of Child Pornography.
If convicted of producing child pornography, the defendants will face a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than fifteen (15) years with a maximum sentence of thirty (30)
years per count. The counts on possession of child pornography carry a possible punishment of not more than twenty (20) years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department, the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and Homeland Security Investigations. United States Attorney Conner Eldridge and Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts are prosecuting the cases 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.
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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Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @ www.pacer.gov