FORT SMITH, Ark. (KTHV) - A clown in northwest Arkansas admits to having child pornography, and he's set to go to trial in a few months on more charges.
Thomas Morgan, also known as Sondance the Clown, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of knowingly receiving child porn.
Police arrested him back in June for distributing, possessing, or viewing child pornography. He's set to stand trial on those charges in February. Until then, Morgan is free on bond.
"To victimize innocent children is both horrendous and inexcusable and is especially disturbing considering that this individual sought situations in which he could be around kids by posing as a clown. Perpetrators of child pornography crimes put our society and our kids at risk. We will do everything in our power to pursue and prosecute those who commit crimes against innocent children," said Conner Eldridge, States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
According to court records, in May 2012, law enforcement became aware of an IP address downloading child pornography. On June 20, 2012, a federal search warrant was executed on his residence, and Morgan's desktop computer and other digital media were seized as evidence. A subsequent forensic examination on the seized evidence revealed that he used an internet based peer to peer program on his computer to download an image of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.