MARION COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A Benton man is arrested on child pornography charges.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Department, 29-year-old Christopher Avakian of Benton was arrested on a Marion County felony warrant for two counts of computer child pornography and two counts of unlawful use of a communications device.
Deputies say the arrest is the result of a joint undercover investigation in which Avakian made contact with investigators who he thought were two different 14-year-old girls. They say he engaged in sexually explicit chats and sent them pornographic photos of himself.
According to deputies, Avakian's bond is at $50,000 and he is awaiting his first court appearance.
In addition to the Marion County Sheriff's Department, the Flippin Police Department and the Saline County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.