Bryant man gets 25-years in child porn case

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A Bryant man was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day on charges of re­ceiv­ing and at­tempt­ing to dis­trib­ute im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy as well as ad­ver­tis­ing and pos­sess­ing those im­ages.

United States Dis­trict Court Judge James M. Moody sen­tenced Joseph Keck, Jr., 62, to 25 years in fed­eral prison. Cody Hi­land, the United States at­tor­ney for the East­ern Dis­trict of Arkansas, and Diane Upchurch, spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI Lit­tle Rock Field Of­fice, an­nounced Wed­nes­day’s sen­tenc­ing.

Keck was con­victed fol­low­ing a jury trial in April of this year. In 2016, the FBI learned that some­one was shar­ing child pornog­ra­phy over the in­ter­net from a res­i­dence in Bryant. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Keck stayed at this res­i­dence when not work­ing as a truck driver.

On May 9, 2016, the de­fen­dant ar­rived at the res­i­dence in a white As­tro van, and the FBI ob­tained his two lap­top com­put­ers, his ex­ter­nal hard drive and his cell phone. Foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed tens of thou­sands of pic­tures and videos of child pornog­ra­phy. Those de­vices also con­tained ev­i­dence that Keck had down­loaded child pornog­ra­phy and saved it to his com­puter.

Trial tes­ti­mony also in­di­cated that Keck used a file shar­ing pro­gram called Gi­ga­tribe to ex­change im­ages and videos with other users. Through his 12 Gi­ga­tribe ac­counts, the de­fen­dant down­loaded and shared tens of thou­sands of videos and im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy. He also ad­ver­tised the con­tents of his child pornog­ra­phy col­lec­tion by of­fer­ing his pass­word to other Gi­ga­tribe users.

Ev­i­dence at trial in­cluded Keck’s Gi­ga­tribe chat logs, in which he told other users his name was Joe, he was a truck driver, and he liked young boys ages 12-16.

“This de­fen­dant col­lected thou­sands upon thou­sands of videos and im­ages of chil­dren be­ing sex­u­ally abused,” Hi­land said. “Today’s lengthy sen­tence means this de­fen­dant is no longer cre­at­ing a mar­ket for such de­plorable im­ages that vic­tim­ize the most vul­ner­a­ble among us. Our of­fice will con­tinue to ag­gres­sively in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute those who seek to vic­tim­ize chil­dren.”

“I sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate the time and ef­fort our agents and As­sis­tant United States At­tor­neys ded­i­cate to in­ves­ti­gat­ing and pros­e­cut­ing child pornog­ra­phy cases and pro­tect­ing the chil­dren of our coun­try,” Upchurch added. “Keck’s sen­tenc­ing demon­strates our ded­i­ca­tion to in­ves­ti­gat­ing and pros­e­cut­ing those who prey on our most vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tion.”

In ad­di­tion to the prison term, Keck was sen­tenced to five years of su­per­vised re­lease fol­low­ing his im­pris­on­ment. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted by the FBI, and the case was pros­e­cuted by As­sis­tant United States At­tor­neys Kristin Bryant and Michael Gor­don.

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