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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 8, 2018

Huntsville Sex Offender Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Child Pornography

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Otis Willt, age 34, of Huntsville, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison followed by twenty-five years of supervised release on one count of Accessing the Internet with the Intent to View Child Pornography. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in June of 2017, Officers with Arkansas Community Corrections conducted a search of the residence occupied by Willt.  During the search, three cellular phones were confiscated as evidence. These phones were subsequently turned over to the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce for forensic analysis.

During the subsequent forensic examinations, law enforcement was able to determine that Willt had used the seized phones to search the internet for images of child pornography. Specifically, forensic examiners were able to recover previously used internet search terms related to child pornography, as well as images of child pornography saved in the temporary internet files of the devices.

During the prosecution of the case, the Government presented the Court with evidence that Willt had previously been convicted under the laws of the State of Virginia of an offense related to the Possession of Child Pornography.

Willt was indicted in October 2017 on federal charges and plead guilty in January 2018.

This case was investigated by Arkansas State Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.  Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 8, 2018