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

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Arkansas Man Sentenced To Over 16 Years In Federal Prison For Interstate Transportation Of A Minor

FORT SMITH – A Harrison man was sentenced yesterday to 200 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release on one count of Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity. The Honorable Judge P. K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing hearing in the U.S. District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court documents, in July 2020, Edgar Benjamin Davidson, 32, transported a minor, across state lines from Harrison, Arkansas to multiple states. During this time Davidson sexually assaulted the minor on multiple occasions. Davidson was arrested in November 2020 and pled guilty in March 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Williams prosecuted the case for the United States.

This case was prosecuted 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 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

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @

Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 22, 2021