$100,000 Bond Set for Pope Co. Man Accused of Bestiality, Child Porn

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POPE COUNTY, AR – Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Hattieville man in a case involving child pornography and bestiality.

On Wednesday, Johnathan Ford, 32, appeared before a judge for a bond hearing on the charges of Possessing Child Pornography. 

Ford was arrested June 26 on felony charges of Conspiracy to Commit Commercial Burglary after trying to break into the Russellville Animal Shelter and on June 12 on charges of Bestiality after being accused of sexually abusing dogs at an animal rescue that he operated out of his home. 

Pope County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Erick Riggs testified in the hearing that during interviews with Ford, probable cause was found to order a search warrant for Ford’s computer. After a forensic analysis of the computer, several hundred images of child pornography were reportedly discovered. 

Investigator Riggs testified that as the analysis moves forward, the discovery of up to several thousand images is possible. 

If Ford is able to make bond, the judge ordered him to stay away from churches, schools, daycare facilities and any other locations where children are present.  

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