Temple Hills man sentenced to 14 years in federal pornography case
State police investigated 2007 indecent exposure crime
Federal prosecutors report that a Prince George’s County man, who previously pleaded guilty in St. Mary’s to an indecent exposure offense, was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for receiving child pornography, including video of a man sexually abusing a girl in Arkansas.
Arthur Charles Clements, 57, of Temple Hills, received his sentence from U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel, who also ordered that after Clements’ completes his prison term, he will be on lifetime supervised release, and must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland.
Maryland State Police, credited this week for their role in the pornography investigation, conducted a 2007 investigation in St. Mary’s leading to the indecent exposure charge against Clements, eventually resolved through a guilty plea in circuit court, according to online court records. Clements was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended to about four months in custody with work-release privileges and release for alcohol and psychological counseling, to be followed by two years of supervised probation.
In the federal case, according to the prosecutors’ office, Clements’ plea agreement acknowledged that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report in April of last year of suspected child pornography from Microsoft, after Clem- ents uploaded an image depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct to his One Drive account. The center referred the report to state police, and state troopers and federal agents conducted a raid last July at Clements’ residence, where the law officers seized a laptop computer that contained more than 1,900 videos and 1,100 images of child pornography, including images and videos depicting sadistic or masochistic conduct and other depictions of violence performed on prepubescent children.
Forensic analysis of Clements’ digital media revealed that he received child pornography via Skype, including a video received on March 25 of last year, the prosecutors’ office reports, and during a police interview, Clements admitted that he downloaded and distributed child pornography and had been watching child pornography for about 17 years.
“Clements also admitted chatting via Skype for at least six months with an adult male living in another state who was sexually abusing a nine year old girl,” according to the prosecutors’ office. “Clements admitted to watching live sexual conduct between the adult male and girl. Clements had at least 34 videos and 25 images documenting the sexual abuse of the minor female saved on his laptop computer, including the [March 2015] video. Within 12 days, [federal] agents ... identified and arrested the individual with whom Clements chatted via Skype [as] Joshua Logan Thornton, age 31, of Wynne, Arkansas. The child was rescued.”
Thornton pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography last November, the prosecutors’ office reports, and he was sentenced in February to 30 years in prison.