Paragould man sentenced on child pornography charges

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man now knows how long he will serve in prison on child pornography charges.

According to U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer, 33-year-old Johnny Dodd of Paragould was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, the statutory maximum, followed by supervised release for life for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography.

A subsequent forensic examination revealed more than 5,000 pictures of child pornography and 61 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Dodd's computer. Dodd's collection consisted exclusively of prepubescent minors. Most of the images involved toddlers.

Thyer said they are fortunate to have valuable law enforcement partners, such as Homeland Security, involved in Project Safe Childhood.

"The work done by Homeland Security agents in Boston, together with Homeland Security agents here in the Eastern District of Arkansas resulted in the removal of another predator from the Internet," Thyer said.

On May 13, 2008 the Homeland Security (HSI) received information from Boston HSI that a person in Paragould, Arkansas was using Google Hello to send and receive child porn. Through that, police were able to locate Johnny Dodd, where he confirmed that he was distributing child porn.

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