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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 8, 2018

Rogers Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jason Fields, age 39, of Rogers, Arkansas, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole to be followed by 20 years of supervised release on one count each of Production of Child Pornography and Possession of 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 October of 2017, law enforcement received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Northwest Arkansas resident distributed an image of child pornography via the internet application “Chatstep.” During the subsequent investigation, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Fields, residence. Said warrant was executed on or about November 3, 2017. While on the scene, Fields was read his Miranda rights, and thereafter confirmed that he has sent and received via the internet images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Fields also told law enforcement that he saved several of such images to a thumb-drive located in his laptop computer. Additionally, Fields stated that he had taken nude images of an approximately 5-year-old male.

A subsequent forensic examination of Fields’ devices revealed over 100 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that some of the minors depicted in the images were as young as approximately 2 years of age.

Fields was indicted in December 2017 on federal charges and plead guilty in January 2018.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, the Arkansas State Police, and the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and the Rogers Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Updated June 8, 2018