Man sentenced in child porn case

Man sentenced in child porn case
Eric McQuay (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Randolph County man will spend the next two decades in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of distributing, possession, viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, according to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.

Eric McQuay of Pocahontas appeared in court June 7 and pleaded guilty to the charge due to a negotiated plea agreement between his attorneys and prosecutors.

McQuay was arrested after an investigation by the Jonesboro Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit in early 2017.

Authorities found out that McQuay, who was charged with four counts of distributing, possessing, viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, shared child pornography via a peer-to-peer network as part of the investigation, Ellington said in a statement.

As part of the agreement, McQuay received a 10-year prison sentence on the first two counts and a 10-year suspended sentence on the other two counts. McQuay will also be required to register as a sex offender and pay all court costs and fees, officials said.

Ellington said prosecutors, as well as law enforcement, helped to make the case against McQuay.

"I would like to thank the officers of the Jonesboro Police Department ICAC Unit, the Arkansas State Police and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Henry for their hard work which lead to this successful prosecution," Ellington said in a statement. "This twenty-year sentence should put people on notice that those who exploit our children will not be dealt with lightly."

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