Farm­ing­ton man sen­tenced for child porn

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

FAYETTEVILLE — A Farm­ing­ton man was sen­tenced Thurs­day to fed­eral prison for child pornog­ra­phy.

Howard Christopher Mel­ton, 36, was sen­tenced to 80 months fol­lowed by 10 years of su­per­vised re­lease on one count of re­ceipt of child pornog­ra­phy. Mel­ton also must pay $3,600 in fines.

The North­west Arkansas In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task­force re­ceived a cyber tip in Au­gust from the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren about an in­di­vid­ual, later iden­ti­fied as Mel­ton, us­ing a Twit­ter ac­count to up­load im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy to the In­ter­net, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Of­fi­cers searched Mel­ton’s res­i­dence, and a com­puter hard drive yielded nu­mer­ous im­ages de­pict­ing child pornog­ra­phy. Home­land Se­cu­rity agents in­ter­viewed Mel­ton on Nov. 21, and he ad­mit­ted he was search­ing for, down­load­ing, re­ceiv­ing and sav­ing child pornog­ra­phy from the In­ter­net. Mel­ton was in­dicted in Jan­uary and pleaded guilty in March.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney De­nis Dean pros­e­cuted the case. U.S. District Judge Tim Brooks presided over the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

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