Searcy man sentenced in child porn case - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

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.  

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Arkansas executes Williams

    Arkansas executes Williams

    Friday, April 28 2017 12:11 AM EDT2017-04-28 04:11:12 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-04-28 04:13:49 GMT
    Kenneth Williams (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)Kenneth Williams (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)

    According to the Associated Press, Kenneth Williams received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999.

    According to the Associated Press, Kenneth Williams received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999.

  • Greene Co. Courthouse approves bid for gutters

    Greene Co. Courthouse approves bid for gutters

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:13:06 GMT
    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:50:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Greene County Quorum Court approved a bid to replace the gutters on their courthouse.

    The Greene County Quorum Court approved a bid to replace the gutters on their courthouse.

  • breaking

    US Supreme Court won't block Arkansas execution

    US Supreme Court won't block Arkansas execution

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:17:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:20 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:20:56 GMT
    Kenneth Williams (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)Kenneth Williams (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)

    According to the Associated Press, the United States Supreme Court will not block the execution of Kenneth Williams, setting up the fourth execution in eight days in Arkansas.

    According to the Associated Press, the United States Supreme Court will not block the execution of Kenneth Williams, setting up the fourth execution in eight days in Arkansas.

Powered by Frankly