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HOT SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY



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July 9, 2014

 






Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Roger Nelson, 51, of Hot Springs, was sentenced today to 108 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for Receiving Images of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Susan O. Hickey in United States District Court in Hot Springs.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Cases involving children being exploited are incomprehensible and extremely disturbing. Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse of children is downloaded or viewed these children are re-victimized. Our office remains committed to prosecuting these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to court records, on July 13, 2011, Arkansas State Police identified a computer that was being utilized for the trade and distribution of child pornography. Law enforcement documented a particular user with images and videos that involved minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his computer. A subsequent search warrant to the internet provider returned the name and address of the defendant, Roger Nelson. On September 14, 2011, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Nelson’s address and recovered a desktop computer, laptop computer, external hard drives, and disks. The forensic examination revealed multiple images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The defendant was advised of his rights and admitted that the seized computer was his and that he had been downloading child pornography from the internet. Nelson pleaded guilty to one count of Receiving Images of Child Pornography on March 20, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police. Assistant U. S. Attorney Allison Bragg 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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Related court documents may be found on Public Access to Electronic Records Website @www.Pacer.gov

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