LONOKE COUNTY MAN CONVICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

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July 22, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – A Lonoke County man arrested last year by agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit has been sentenced to 60 years in prison, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

Ryan David Oyen, 30, of Cabot pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Lonoke County Circuit Court Judge Sandy Huckabee handed down the 60-year sentence, with an additional 20-year suspended sentence.

Oyen was being held in the Lonoke County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Oyen will be required to register as a sex offender.

“Arkansas children and families are safer when individuals who exploit our children are held accountable for their crimes,” McDaniel said. “This man had more than 16,000 images of child pornography on his computer. I am glad he will be unable to continue preying upon our most vulnerable citizens.”

Oyen was arrested in July 2013 after agents with the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at his residence in Cabot. Special Agent Mike Lett had begun investigating Oyen a month earlier after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at his residence.

The Cabot Police Department and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations assisted in the investigation and arrest of Oyen.

Assistant Attorney General Will Jones was appointed as special prosecutor in the case by 23rd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham.

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