LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Attorney General's Office)- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Friday that agents from his office arrested a Lonoke County man on Thursday and a Pulaski County man today, both for possession of child pornography.
Agents late Thursday arrested Ryan David Oyen, 29, of Cabot, on 28 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Oyen was being held in the Lonoke County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
David William Engstrom, 51, of Little Rock was arrested this morning at his residence on seven counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He is being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
Engstrom is a Level 3 registered sex offender who had previously been convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.
"The Cyber Crimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office is committed to preventing criminals from exploiting our most vulnerable citizens, our children," McDaniel said. "We are proud to work with law enforcement agencies across Arkansas to investigate and arrest those who engage in these types of deplorable crimes."
Agents with the Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Oyen after executing a search warrant at his residence on Haywood Drive, in Cabot. At the residence, agents discovered multiple images of child pornography on a laptop computer.
Engstrom was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his residence on Lancelot Court, Little Rock. At that time, the owner of the residence, Andrew Jackson, 26, was arrested by the Little Rock Police Department on unrelated charges including possession of marijuana and possession of an instrument of crime.
Investigators seized computers and other electronic evidence from both Oyen and Engstrom. The evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.
Special Agent Mike Lett of the Attorney General's Office started independent investigations of both Oyen and Engstrom last month after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at their respective residences.
The Cabot Police Department and Air Force Office of Special Investigations assisted in the investigation and arrest of Oyen. The Little Rock Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest of Engstrom.
The Attorney General's Office will turn over its completed case file in Lonoke County to 23rd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham and the file in Pulaski County will be given to Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.
Charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
(Source: Arkansas Attorney General's Office)