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Benton Firefighter arrested for 1000 counts of child porn

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A Benton firefighter was arrested Friday for being in possession of child pornography.

Investigators with the Saline County Sheriff's Office are on the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. They received a tip, used a top secret investigation technique and were able to arrest Timothy Bodkin. 

He lives in Benton, but was contact in Eureka Springs. A search warrant of his computer found a minimum of 1,000 disturbing images. He was arrested upon arrival at the bus station in North Little Rock and taken to Saline County.

Bodkin has since resigned from the department. He is not a registered sex offender, but if he is convicted that will change. Monday, Bodkin was given a $200,000 bond, but remains behind bars.

Lt. Mike Frost says, "I have seen as few as 10 images and I have seen upwards of 15,000 images on cases that we've worked in the past, so 1,000 images is a substantial number."

Lt. Frost is confident he's investigated the most child porn cases in Saline County in his decades of service. Every case is new and heart wrenching.

He says, "We have no indication at this time that any local children were involved in this."

Bodkin received one count per photo and video image he allegedly downloaded. The investigation isn't over, but by the end of it he could face more than the 1,000 current charges. "After we finish with forensics, we will have a complete count of exactly how many images."

The Benton Fire Department confirmed Bodkin officially resigned after his arrest. A press release reads, "We are deeply saddened by these events and ask for your prayers and support."

Lt. Frost concludes, "Internet pornography of children is quite a severe problem."

Bodkin lived around kids on Longview Street and investigators want to make sure local children were not involved so investigators will be analyzing all of those images.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office recently joined ICAC, meaning Internet Crimes Against Children. They've gone from making about 2 child porn arrest a year to 3 in the past 6-weeks.

A Benton man has been arrested for 1000 counts of possession of child pornography.

39-year-old Timothy Bodkin was arrested on June 22 after the Saline County Sheriff's Office found images of child pornography on a computer allegedly owned by Bodkin.

Deputies have been getting anonymous calls since the arrest, if you have any information you are encouraged to call the Saline County Sheriff's Department at (501) 303-5608.