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Beebe man sentenced to more than two decades in prison for child porn

A 30-year-old Beebe man has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison, and a lifetime of supervised release for the production of child porn.

BEEBE, Ark. — A Beebe man was sentenced on Sunday afternoon for the production of child porn.

30-year-old Joshua Sweat was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, as well as a lifetime of supervised release once he has finished his imprisonment.

In April 2019, the Allen Police Department informed the Little Rock Police Department that they found messages that were being sent between someone they were investigating in Texas, and Sweat, who lived in Arkansas. 

In those messages, Sweat said he had been taking care of a three-year-old little boy every day, and he then began sending nude pictures of the child.

According to reports, police were later able to locate and interview Sweat, who informed them that he was a local babysitter and had access to young children. 

He then confessed to officers that had photos of child sexual abuse on his phone. Sweat also admitted that he had taken pictures of the victim and shared them with other people.

Sweat was first indicted in May 2019 and pleaded guilty three years later in May 2022. 

This investigation was done by the FBI, Allen Police Department, as well as the Little Rock Police Department.

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