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Child porn nets big sentence

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A Springdale child pornographer got a 110-year sentence in federal court in Fayetteville today. Fayetteville, Arkansas - Joseph Michael Rector, age 57, of Springdale,
Arkansas, was sentenced today on charges of producing child pornography,
announced Deborah Groom, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of
Arkansas. Rector appeared in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where
Chief U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren sentenced him to 1320 months (110
years) in prison. Rector was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and will be on courtordered
supervision for life if he is released from prison.
Rector was convicted on a six count indictment after a trial to the Court on
August 27, 2008. The charges centered around an investigation conducted by the FBI
when it received information that Rector had shown photographs on his computer
that he had taken of a minor female posed in a sexually explicit manner. The
execution of a search warrant on February 6, 2008, at Rector’s residence in
Springdale, resulted in the seizure of computers, and the discovery of encrypted files
containing images of a minor female under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit
conduct.
This case arose out of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed
to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States
Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local
resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children
via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about
Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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