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July 10, 2014


Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Raymond Freitas, 42, of Hackett appeared today in United States Magistrate Court for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge Erin Setser on child pornography charges in Fayetteville. Freitas was arrested at his residence on a federal warrant on July 9, 2014.

On December 27, 2013, 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.”

An investigation by Homeland Security Crimes Against Children Task Force identified an I.P. address that was being utilized for sharing known and suspected child pornography. A subsequent search warrant to the internet provider returned the name and address belonging to Freitas. On May 29, 2014, a search warrant was executed where officers found a desktop computer and several DVDs. At that time, Freitas admitted that he had downloaded child pornography and had some on his computer.

If convicted of receiving child pornography, the defendant will face a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than five (5) years with a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years per count. The count on possession of child pornography carries a possible punishment of not more than twenty (20) years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Crimes Against Children Task Force, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, and Hackett Police Department. 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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