Sher­wood man faces child-porn counts

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - LINDA SATTER

The former owner of a Lit­tle Rock mo­tor­cy­cle deal­er­ship was ar­rested Wed­nes­day on child-pornog­ra­phy charges stem­ming from his par­tic­i­pa­tion in an on­line chat room that was in­volved in the shar­ing of live im­ages of chil­dren be­ing raped, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced.

Wil­liam Thomas Murry III, 60, of Sher­wood was ar­rested by fed­eral agents after his July 6 in­dict­ment by a fed­eral grand jury on one count of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy and four counts of re­ceipt of child pornog­ra­phy.

Murry owned the Kawasaki Sports Cen­ter at 5922 S. Univer­sity Ave. when Home­land Se­cu­rity agents tracked a chat room par­tic­i­pant’s In­ter­net Pro­to­col ad­dress to the deal­er­ship, the an­nounce­ment said.

The agents ze­roed in on the IP ad­dress after learn­ing in late 2015 and early 2016 about some­one’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in an on­line chat room that was in­volved in the shar­ing of the live im­ages and recorded child porno­graphic videos and pic­tures through we­b­cam stream­ing, the news re­lease said.

While the per­son’s face wasn’t vis­i­ble, his bare torso and gen­i­tals were, as was the back­ground of what ap­peared to be an of­fice with sev­eral dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures, the re­lease said.

After track­ing the on­line ac­tiv­ity to the busi­ness sell­ing mo­tor­cy­cles and per­sonal wa­ter­craft de­vices, a fed­eral search war­rant was ex­e­cuted Nov. 22 by Home­land Se­cu­rity agents based in Lit­tle Rock, with as­sis­tance from the Lit­tle Rock Po­lice Depart­ment and the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion di­vi­sion of the Ar­kan­sas at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice.

Agents de­ter­mined Murry’s of­fice was where the child pornog­ra­phy had been viewed and noted that Murry phys­i­cally re­sem­bled the per­son par­tially pic­tured in the im­ages, act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Pat Har­ris said in the news re­lease. The re­lease noted that Murry ad­mit­ted us­ing the on­line net­work but said he de­nied look­ing at child pornog­ra­phy.

A foren­sic exam was con­ducted on Murry’s work com­puter, which con­tained 65 still im­ages and two video files con­tain­ing child pornog­ra­phy, while an exam of Murry’s home lap­top re­vealed 33 still im­ages and four video files of child pornog­ra­phy, the news re­lease said. It noted that both com­put­ers con­tained ev­i­dence of the on­line net­work.

Agents in­ter­viewed all other em­ploy­ees at the Kawasaki deal­er­ship and elim­i­nated them as the per­son in the on­line chat room, Har­ris said.

“Too of­ten peo­ple like Murry think they can hide be­hind a com­puter and re­ceive grat­i­fi­ca­tion from watch­ing chil­dren be­ing sex­u­ally ex­ploited,” Har­ris said. “This in­dict­ment sends the mes­sage that this de­prav­ity will not be tol­er­ated.”

Ray­mond Parmer Jr., spe­cial agent in charge of the lo­cal Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fice, added that the agency “will con­tinue work­ing with our part­ner law en­force­ment agen­cies to en­sure we find and ar­rest any­one in­volved in these heinous transna­tional crimes.”

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