Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that James Keith, 42, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole, a $25,000 fine, and 15 years of supervised release following imprisonment on one count of Receipt of Child Pornography. United States District Court Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.
U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Today’s sentence sends a strong message that our office will not rest until those that commit such vile acts against innocent children are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The number of videos and images found in this case is unsettling as each time those videos and images are downloaded or viewed, these children are re-victimized. This defendant, a registered sex offender, has now been brought to justice.”
According to court documents, on or about March 5, 2013, Homeland Security agents and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce in Northwest Arkansas executed a search warrant for child pornography at the home of James Keith, a registered sex offender. During the execution of the warrant, law enforcement confiscated his computer and other digital storage devices. A subsequent forensic examination of these devices revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography. Keith was interviewed concerning his involvement with child pornography and admitted to downloading child pornography from the internet and saving the images to his computer and digital storage devices. At sentencing the Government presented the Court with evidence that Keith told law enforcement that he possessed about 70,000 images of child pornography, including some images that depicted minors as young as five (5) years old being sexually assaulted.
“Individuals who trade child pornography further the re-victimization of innocent children who’ve been subjected to sexual exploitation,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr. "This case shows HSI investigators are actively working to disrupt the trade of these illegal images, and also to identify and seek prosecution of the criminals who possess them.”
This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted this 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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