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Hot Springs man sentenced for child pornography

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HOT SPRINGS - A judge Thursday sentenced a Hot Springs man to more than seven years in prison for downloading child pornography.

Paul Dunn, 50, was sentenced to 87 months in prison without parole plus five years of supervised release.

United States Attorney Conner Eldridge commented, "Victimizing innocent children is horrendous and inexcusable. Every time a video or image involving sexual abuse of children is downloaded or viewed, those children are re-victimized. We will continue to aggressively prosecute cases such as this and hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable."

According to court records, investigators first launched an undercover operation looking into people downloading child pornography in the Hot Springs area in August 2011. During that investigation, they discovered Dunn was one of the suspects and searched his home on February 1, 2012.

At that time, Dunn's computer and other digital media were seized as evidence. A subsequent forensic examination on the seized evidence revealed numerous images of child pornography, including multiple videos of minors engaged in sexual conduct with adults.

Dunn pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography on June 7, 2013.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.