HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A 31-year-old Malvern man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.
In addition to the prison sentence, Loyton Scott Francis will also be supervised for life upon his release, according to United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge.
"Crimes against children, including child pornography offenses, remain among the highest priorities for my office," Eldridge said. "We will continue to bring those involved in this despicable crime to justice."
According to documents filed in the case in early 2010, the Fayetteville Police Department began investigating a computer participating in the distribution of child pornography via the software program Limewire. The IP address of the computer was determined to be registered to Francis in Malvern. On August 19 2010, the Arkansas State Police secured a search warrant on Francis' residence and conducted an interview with him. Francis consented to a search of his computer, and child pornography images were discovered on his hard drive. Francis admitted to viewing and possessing child pornography images on his computer. A total of 38 photographs and 20 videos depicting child pornography were recovered from his hard drive. On March 29 2013, Francis pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
This case was investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department and Arkansas State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Taylor prosecuted the case for the United States.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
(Source: U.S. Department of Justice)