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Searcy man sentenced in child porn case

Mitchell Johnson (Source: Pulaski County Jail via VineLink) Mitchell Johnson (Source: Pulaski County Jail via VineLink)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) -

A White County man will spend over two decades in federal prison after pleading guilty to production of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Harris said. 

Mitchell Johnson, 44, of Searcy was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in prison, followed by ten years supervised release after pleading guilty last November to one count of production of child pornography.

He was indicted in March 2016 on one count of production of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. When Johnson pleaded guilty, the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography charges were dropped. 

According to a press release from Harris, an undercover Faulkner County Sheriff's Investigator began looking into Johnson in October 2015. The investigator answered an ad on Craigslist, seeking "individuals who were into family fun, especially dad/son, uncle/nephew", Harris said. 

Johnson and the undercover investigator began chatting on a messenger app and Johnson sent several images of child porn to the investigator, Harris said.

Johnson must also register as a sex offender.  

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