Child Pornography: A Closer Look at a Big Problem

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Richard Weaver of Randolph County is now the third arrest the Jonesboro Police Department and the Arkansas State Police have now made in their child pornography sting.  Weaver was arrested Friday afternoon.  He joins David Mason of Hoxie and Matthew Richardson of Paragould who were both arrested in the past couple of days.

Prosecuting Attorney Brent Davis told Region 8 News there are multiple federal and state laws that address child pornography.

"Depicting, showing photographs, possessing photographs either on a computer or in hard copy form that depict minors under the age of 18 in sexual activities," said Davis.

Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes on the internet.

"The numbers are on the increase because I think officers are more skilled and more focused at locating the perpetrators and arresting them and bringing them to justice," said Davis.

Davis said in these type of cases officers usually get search warrants to search computers and hard drives from the suspects.

"I can't tell you the specifics of what the officers do to try to make sure they shore up the more difficult areas in the area of prosecution of child pornography because it could educate potential perpetrators and that's the last thing we want to do," said Davis.

David Mason is out on bond.  Matthew Richardson will face a judge in Greene County on Monday.