Fayetteville , Arkansas -
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A Prairie Grove man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison in a child pornography case that involved a hidden camera.
Christopher Howe, 41, was sentenced today to 222 months in prison without the possibility of parole, a $20,000 fine, and an additional 15 years of supervised release for the charge of Attempted Production of Child Pornography.
According to court records, on March 26, 2013, a concerned parent contacted the Tontitown Police Department after finding nude videos of her minor daughter on a cell phone. In response, Tontitown PD was dispatched to Howe’s residence and made contact with the reporting parent. At that time, the reporting parent presented an iPhone belonging to Howe that contained hidden camera recordings of a 16-year-old girl taken in the bathroom of the home while she undressed and showered.
The videos themselves showed that Howe, on multiple occasions over an 8-month period, set an iPhone to record and concealed it in the bathroom just before the girl went inside to shower. Howe would then retrieve the video afterwards and, in some cases, edit the video down to short clips of the minor fully nude or in compromising positions.
“The defendant in this case has now been brought to justice for his despicable behavior. It is simply inexcusable for someone to victimize a minor in any circumstance, let alone by secretly recording them in this manner. We will continue to aggressively prosecute cases such as these and hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable,” says Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
This case was investigated by the Tontitown Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
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.
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