WYNNE, AR (KAIT) - A Wynne man will spend the next 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson sentenced 32-year-old Joshua Logan Thornton to 360 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.
In November 2015 Thornton pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment of sexual exploitation of a minor, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Thornton's arrest came after Baltimore police arrested Arthur Clements for child pornography.
During an interview with investigators, Clements reportedly admitted that he shared child pornography with a man named "John" who performed sexually explicit acts with a minor live on an internet streaming program.
Police later identified "John" as Thornton, according to Christopher Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Forensic analysis of Clements' computer uncovered "multiple videos" by Thornton.
Three videos depicting Thornton having sex with a minor included a "distinctive quilt with yellow and orange butterflies on a turquoise background."
In August 2015 agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Thornton's home in Wynne. During the search, according to Thyer, agents seized a number electronic devices as well as the butterfly quilt.
"The minor female admitted that Thornton performed sex acts on her and instructed her not to tell anyone about it," Thyer stated.
Thornton reportedly confessed to touching the girl and streaming it live on the internet.
He said he shared the images with at least two people on the internet.
Thyer said HSI agents seized Thornton's home computer after finding approximately 5,000 images of child pornography, including multiple images and videos of the minor.
There is no parole in the federal system. Once Thornton is released he will serve five years of supervised release. He will also have to register as a sex offender and have no contact with children.
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