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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Alma Brothers Sentenced to 20 Years Each in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography

            Fort Smith, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Brett Karr, age 28 and Adam Karr, age 29, both of Alma, Arkansas, were sentenced today in federal court on three counts each of Production of Child Pornography.  Brett and Adam Karr were each sentenced to 240 months in federal prison followed by five (5) years of supervised release on each count to run concurrent with each other.  The sentencing hearings took place before the Honorable Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.  

            Brett Karr:  In August 2015, the River Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a federal search warrant on the residence of Brett and Adam Karr where they seized several digital storage devices. A forensic examination of the devices revealed several videos depicting a nine-year-old child and Brett Karr engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Brett Karr was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2015 and pleaded guilty in June 2016. 

            Adam Karr:  When the ICAC Task Force initiated the search warrant on the Karr residence in Alma, Adam Karr was also living in the home.  Agents found a disc in Adam Karr’s possession labeled with the name of a child that contained fourteen videos and one picture of an eight-year-old child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Adam Karr admitted that he filmed the videos contained on the disc.  Adam Karr was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2015 and pleaded guilty in June 2016. 

            “HSI works everyday with our state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the perpetrators of these despicable crimes are brought to justice”, said Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans Raymond R. Parmer, Jr. “We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of child exploitation and seek justice for the victims.”

            The Karr cases were investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the ICAC Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Ashleigh Buckley prosecuted the cases for the United States.

This 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

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 17, 2016