Business owner charged with possession of child pornography

Business owner charged with possession of child pornography

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Detectives with the Jonesboro Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children arrested a Jonesboro business owner Friday on suspicion of distributing, possession or viewing child pornography.

Investigators arrested Blake Everette Randel, 34, of Jonesboro after discovering "a number of images of child pornography" in a cloud-based storage account, according to a news release from the JPD.

The discovery came as officers followed up on an investigation started earlier this year by the Special Investigations Division-Cyber Crimes Unit of the Arkansas Attorney General.

The attorney general's office received a cyber tip from a file-sharing and storage provider stating that "numerous images of child pornography had been captured from the account" linked to Randel.

JPD investigators obtained search warrants for Randel's internet service accounts and his home.

During the search, according to the release, they found a number of child pornographic images on Randel's personal electronic devices.

Randel will appear in Craighead County District Court on Tuesday.

Randel owns Boom Boom's Body Art, 3821 E. Nettleton.

In 2014, officers arrested him on multiple drug and gun charges.

At that time, officers also seized and examined various computers, hard drives, and a cell phone. However, they found "no files of evidentiary value."

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