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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