HOT SPRINGS, AR- (Press Release) The United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced that 31-year-old Loyton Scott Francis, of Malvern, was sentenced today on charges of possession of child pornography.
Francis was sentenced to 10 years in prison and supervised release for life, according to Conner Eldridge.
United States District Judge Robert T. Dawson presided over the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs.
Eldridge commented, "Crimes against children, including child pornography offenses, remain among the highest priorities for my office. We will continue to bring those involved in this despicable crime to justice."
According to documents filed in the case, in early 2010, the Fayetteville Police Department began investigating a computer participating in the distribution of child pornography via the software program Limewire.
The IP address of the computer was determined to be registered to Scott Francis in Malvern, Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Police secured a search warrant on Francis's residence and conducted an interview with him.
Francis consented to a search of his computer, and child pornography images were discovered on his hard drive.
Francis admitted to viewing and possessing child pornography images on his computer.
A total of 38 photographs and 20 videos depicting child pornography were recovered from his hard drive.
On March 29, 2013, Francis pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department and Arkansas State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Taylor prosecuted the case for the United States.
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