NEW DETAILS: ASP investigated, released child porn suspect 2 years ago

NEW DETAILS: ASP investigated, released child porn suspect 2 years ago

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Newly released documents reveal police warned a man and his family two years ago that if he continued to seek child pornography on the internet he would be arrested.

On Jan. 26, according to online court documents, Arkansas State Police arrested 22-year-old Joshua Daniel Koger of Mountain Home.

The arrest came a day after a Baxter County Circuit Court judge found probable cause to charge him with 72 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing sexually explicit material involving a child.

The documents revealed Koger was released on his own recognizance with the stipulation that he not use the internet.

The arrest warrant did not provide further details about the alleged crimes.

Region 8 News later obtained the affidavit which indicated this was not the first time law enforcement officers contacted Koger about child pornography allegations.

According to the court documents, ASP Special Agent Jackie Stinnett received a cyber tip about Koger on May 31, 2018 involving 31 explicit child images stored on his Gmail account.

Stinnett said Koger “confessed” during an interview to having the images.

Stinnett later met with Koger and his parents.

“I explained to them that due to his mental condition that he would not be prosecuted for these charges,” Stinnett stated in the affidavit. “However, he did sign a warning form that stated if he continued to seek these types of images that he would be charged.”

That was August of 2018.

Two years later, on Oct. 30, 2020, Stinnett stated she received another cyber tip from Google stating that a subscriber, later identified as Koger, had violated its terms and conditions “by uploading 72 files of child explicit material to their Google storage on Aug. 5, 2020.

During a post-Miranda interview on Dec. 30, Koger reportedly stated “he might have done it but could not remember.”

ASP seized Koger’s telephone following the interview and executed a search warrant on its contents.

When confronted by the results of the search, according to the affidavit, Koger said “that someone sent him the images in a chat room, and he did not think he saved them to his Google storage.”

Koger’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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