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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fayetteville Sex Offender Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Child Pornography

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Anthony Rhoden, age 42, was sentenced today to 120 months imprisonment without the possibility of parole followed by 25 years of supervised release on one count of Accessing the Internet with Intent to View Child Pornography.  Rhoden received an additional 30 months imprisonment for committing the offense while on Federal Supervised Release.  The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in February 2018, Rhoden was on Federal Supervised Release following a conviction for receiving child pornography.  United States Probation Officers conducted a search of Rhoden’s motel room and located a cellular phone.  Rhoden stated he had been utilizing it to search the internet for child pornography.  A forensic review of the phone revealed numerous images of child pornography.    

Rhoden was indicted in February 2019 on federal charges and entered his guilty plea in March 2019.  

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the Fayetteville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 15, 2019