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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 27, 2017

Heber Springs Man Sentenced to 180 Months' Imprisonment for Production of Child Pornography

LITTLE ROCK-Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Raymond R. Parmer, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans, announced today that Spencer Goudy, 23, of Heber Springs, was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release.

Goudy was originally indicted on July 7, 2015, with the sexual exploitation of five minors ranging in ages between 13 and 16 at the time of victimization. Goudy was charged with 4 counts of enticement of a minor to engage in a sex act, 2 counts of production of child pornography, and 1 count of possession of child pornography.

The investigation began in May 2014, when a 13-year-old female disclosed to investigators at the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division that she was having a sexual relationship with Spencer Goudy. Goudy was arrested and subsequently charged in Cleburne County with Rape of a minor less than 14 years of age, a violation of Arkansas Code Annotated 5-14-103(a)(3)(A). Goudy was also charged in White County with Rape of a minor less than 14 years of age, a violation of Arkansas Code Annotated 5-14-103(a)(3)(A).

Upon Goudy’s arrest, a cellular telephone was seized and later searched pursuant to a federal search warrant. The search of Goudy’s cellular telephone revealed that Goudy used it to entice multiple minor females to engage in sex acts and contained images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

“Forcing minors to engage in sex and sharing the assaults with others is an unconscionably heinous act,” said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr. “HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure people who prey on children are brought to justice.

On December 2, 2015, Goudy pled guilty to one count of production of pornography in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining counts of the Indictment, as well as dismissal of the state charges.

Today, Goudy was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Brian S. Miller to 180 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender.

“A sentence of 15 years will never undo the irreparable harm caused to the victims of Goudy,” said Thyer. “However, this sentence will hopefully deter those individuals who seek to destroy the innocence of Arkansas’ children.”

This investigation was conducted by the Heber Springs Police Department, Arkansas State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Bryant.

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Updated January 27, 2017