Man arrested in child pornography case

Jacob Ardrey (Source: KARK-TV)
Jacob Ardrey (Source: KARK-TV)

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - A Jackson County man was arrested recently on suspicion of 30 counts of distributing/possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

According to a probable cause affidavit in the case, Jacob Austin Ardrey of Newport was arrested April 18 after an Arkansas State Police investigation. State police received a tip from the Arkansas State Police Cyber Crimes Unit involving 64 files of possible child pornography reportedly uploaded on Nov. 11, 2017.

The tip listed multiple times and dates in which Ardrey reportedly downloaded the images using a student email address at Harding University, the affidavit noted.

"Adobe Systems Incorporated did provide images of child pornography with the Cyber Tip. The Cyber Tip did list multiple I.P. Address with dates and times that the suspect obtained the illegal images," the affidavit from Special Agent Mike McNeill said. "One of the IP addresses identified by Adobe Systems Incorporated returned to Harding University. The suspect in this investigation (Jacob Ardrey) is currently a student at Harding University and resides on campus.

Authorities also interviewed Ardrey, the affidavit noted.

"Ardrey advised that he has been struggling with a pornography addiction since the age of 12. Mr. Ardrey advised that over the past two years, his pornography addiction progressed to child pornography," McNeill said in the affidavit. "Mr. Ardrey advised that he has Adobe Software on his computer because he works for the Harding University School Newspaper."

A $20,000 bond was set for Ardrey in the case.

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