Rogers Man Sentenced To Over 7 Years In Federal Prison For Child Pornography
Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Peng Chanthalangsy, age 37, of Rogers, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 92 months in federal prison followed by fifteen years of supervised release on one count of Receipt of Child Pornography. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
In March of 2017, the Rogers Police Department, while investigating a drug trafficking organization, executed a search warrant on the Rogers residence of Chanthalangsy. In addition to confiscating illegal narcotics, law enforcement seized numerous computers and electronic devices. While searching the electronic devices for evidence of drug trafficking, law enforcement located numerous images of child pornography. A federal search warrant was obtained specifically to allow for a search of child pornography, which revealed approximately two thousand (2000) images of minors engaged in sexual explicit conduct. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that some of the images depicted minors as young as toddlers.
“HSI works everyday with our state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the perpetrators of these despicable crimes are brought to justice”, said Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans Thomas M. Annello. “We will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of child exploitation and seek justice for the most vulnerable of our citizens, our children.” Annello is the Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans field office with responsibility for Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Chanthalangsy was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2017 and entered a guilty plea in August 2017.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Rogers Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.