Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced that Ronald Anthony Antoniello, 71, of Fouke was arrested Wednesday on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
Antoniello was being held in the Miller County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Antoniello’s residence in the 6400 block of Miller County Road 10 on Wednesday. Investigators confiscated two computers, other electronic devices and several hundred compact discs and DVDs. The seized evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.
Special Agent Mike Lett began investigating Antoniello in July after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at his residence.
The Miller County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police assisted in the investigation and arrest.
The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to Eighth Judicial District-South Prosecutor Carlton Jones.
Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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