Fort Smith Man Gets 17+ Years for Child Pornography

FORT SMITH, AR (News release) - A 62-year-old Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison for child pornography.

Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Jimmy Kinsey, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment without the possibility for parole followed by 15 years of supervision by the U.S. Probation Office after release for Transporting Images of Child Pornography. Chief United States District Judge P. K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing, which took place in Federal Court in Fort Smith.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Crimes against children are among the most despicable crimes that our office deals with, as they affect the most vulnerable members of our community. These children are re-victimized every time these images are downloaded or viewed. Our office will continue to hold the perpetrators of these crimes responsible and bring them to justice to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to court documents, on or about September 20, 2013, the Fort Smith Police Department responded to a call from a family member of the defendant, Jimmy Kinsey, concerning the discovery of some questionable images of children. Later that day, a search warrant was executed at the Kinsey’s residence, where officers located numerous sexually explicit images of a nude minor female, approximately 7 years of age. The Fort Smith Police Department later interviewed Kinsey, who admitted that while living in Georgia, he took the nude pictures of the minor female while she slept. Further, he admitted that he transported these images into Arkansas when he moved in 2007. At sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that the defendant, at the time in question, was entrusted by the victim’s family to babysit the minor.

“Child pornography is one of the most heinous crimes HSI encounters, and disrupting the trade of images that re-victimize innocent children is one of our highest priorities,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "This case shows HSI investigators are actively working to identify and seize child pornography regardless of how much time may have passed, and also to identify and seek prosecution of the criminals who produce and possess it.” Parmer oversees a five-state region including Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

This case was investigated by the Fort Smith Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit their website here

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