Searcy man sentenced to 21 years for producing child porn

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – A Searcy man has been sentenced to 262 months in prison for producing child pornography.

Mitchell Johnson, 44, was originally indicted in a five-count indictment on March 2, 2016. He was charged with one count of production of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

On November 21, 2016, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography. The remaining charges were dismissed.

In Thursday’s hearing it was determined that Johnson also engaged in sexual contact with a minor, so he must also register as a sex offender.

The investigation began in October 2015 when an undercover Faulkner County Sheriff’s investigator answered a Craigslist ad seeking individuals who were into “family fun, especially dad/son, uncle/nephew.”

After answering the ad, the investigator began chatting with Johnson, and he sent the investigator several images of child pornography. One of the photos was of an 11-year-old boy who was spending the night at Johnson’s home.

While investigating Johnson, the FBI received information from law enforcement in Louisiana that Johnson was engaging in text conversations with another individual and was sending child pornography to them.

Agents obtained copies of the text messages and determined that Johnson sent the same images of child pornography to the suspect in Louisiana that he sent to the investigator in Arkansas.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, and the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

Johnson was sentenced to 21 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. 

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