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Independence Co. man arrested for child porn

Jeremie Lee Candler (Source: Independence County Jail) Jeremie Lee Candler (Source: Independence County Jail)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Independence County Sheriff's Department arrested a 32-year-old Floral man for possession of computer child pornography.

According to court documents, Jeremie Lee Candler admitted to downloading more than 2,000 photos of little girls on a flash drive.

Lt. Mike Mundy with the Criminal Investigation Division said the department caught Candler just in time. Candler also admitted to wanting to follow through with his fantasies of kidnapping and molesting little girls. 

According to court documents, Candler told police he packed a "jump bag" with tape, tie straps and more. He also admitted to using meth while downloading the child porn on his computer.

"We think we've got a good case and, thankfully, we believe we got an individual who could have been a danger," Mundy said.

Lt. Mundy credits a fellow Batesville resident with Candler's capture. 

According to court documents, Jeremie Candler's former roommate discovered a flash drive while she was moving out several days ago. Thinking it was hers, she plugged the flash drive in her computer, expecting to see her music files. Instead, she found thousands of sexually explicit photos of young girls, ages one to seven, and immediately contacted police. 

"To be perfectly honest with you, if the flash drive had not come up, it would have never crossed our radar," Mundy said. "We love doing our job and we love doing it right, but it just shows the community is what you've got to have to get the job done completely."

Lt. Mundy said the department especially needs the community's help with child porn cases like this.

"It's becoming an epidemic in our country," Mundy said. 

The Independence County Sheriff's Department worked nearly 20 child porn cases in the past two years.

"I hate these type of cases because of who the victims are," Mundy said. "And the person you least expect to be involved in something like this may very well be the person that is involved in it."

That's why Lt. Mundy needs the community to be the department's eyes and ears. 

"These are somebody's children," Mundy said. "Please, don't be scared to step up, help us out and tell us. We'll take it from there."

Candler had his first court appearance Tuesday morning. He is currently in the Independence County jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Candler could face up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Arkansas State Police's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is assisting the sheriff's department with this case.

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