HOT SPRINGS - A judge Thursday sentenced a Hot Springs man to more than seven years in prison for downloading child pornography.
Paul Dunn, 50, was sentenced to 87 months in prison without parole plus five years of supervised release.
United States AttorneyConner Eldridge commented, "Victimizing innocent children is horrendous andinexcusable. Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse ofchildren is downloaded or viewed, those children are re-victimized. Wewill continue to aggressively prosecute cases such as this and hold theperpetrators of these crimes accountable."
According tocourt records, investigators first launched an undercover operation looking into people downloading child pornography in the Hot Springs area in August 2011. During that investigation, they discovered Dunn was one of the suspects and searched his home on February 1, 2012.
At that time, Dunn's computer and other digitalmedia were seized as evidence. A subsequent forensic examination on the seizedevidence revealed numerous images of child pornography, including multiplevideos of minors engaged in sexual conduct with adults.
Dunn pleaded guilty toreceipt of child pornography on June 7, 2013.
The case was brought as partof Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growingepidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by theDepartment of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and their CriminalDivision Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project SafeChildhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend,and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as toidentify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood,please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.