Texarkana Gazette

Texarkana man gets 30 years in child porn case


TEXARKANA, Ark. – A local man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, on one count of sexual exploitati­on of a minor via production of child pornograph­y, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas.

There is no parole in the federal system. Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the U.S. District Court in Texarkana.

Michael Ray Beam, age 32, used the social media service Snapchat to induce a 13-year-old Texarkana, Arkansas, girl to send him nude images and videos of herself, amounting to child pornograph­y under federal law, according to court documents.

The victim told authoritie­s that Beam had left a vape device in her home mailbox in exchange for her sending him images and videos of herself engaging in specific sexual acts. Using the Snapchat service, Beam had been able view the victim’s real-time physical location at her Texarkana, Arkansas, residence.

Following Beam’s arrest on state charges, investigat­ors obtained a warrant to search a smartphone found in his possession. In Beam’s phone, investigat­ors found multiple screen capture video recordings of the child pornograph­y he had received via Snapchat from the victim.

Beam was indicted by a grand jury sitting in the Western District of Arkansas in September 2021, and he entered a plea of guilty in March 2022.

The Miller County Sheriff’s Department, the Wake Village, Texas, Police Department, and the FBI investigat­ed the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Jones prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted 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 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, visit justice.gov/psc.

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