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Child Pornography Arrest Made in Jonesboro On Wednesday

JONESBORO, AR -- (KAIT) On Wednesday afternoon Jonesboro Police arrested Jonesboro resident James Bere after an investigation that started in September of last year.

"I know I have 13 images. 13 that are confirmed as children who can be identified, a name, an age, can be placed on these children because other officers throughout the country have worked a case on these children," said Sergeant Gary Shackelford.

Shackelford says there are images of more than just one child.

He says all of the images taken are of young girls between the ages of 7-12.

"The images are disturbing as you can imagine, anything involving nudity and young children," said Sgt. Shackelford.

Police say the photos appear to have been forwarded and passed on and not taken by Bere.

"These cases may pop up a hundred times, a thousand times, across the United States to across the world. The parents aren't going to be notified everytime these images surface, and a case is worked against them. The original cases where the child was positively identified, the parents were made aware at that time in that state, or jurisdiction," said Shackelford.

Shackelford says as troubling as the pictures are for any law enforcement investigator to see, catching those who are involved in child pornography is of the utmost importance.

"You realize how tender children are, and you want to protect them and take care of them. When you actually physically see these images it is very disturbing. Nobody wants to view them,  but it has to be done," said Shackelford.

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