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November 05, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Pulaski County man has been arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office for possession of child pornography.

David Raymond West, 68, of Jacksonville was arrested this afternoon following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. West was arrested for eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

West is currently being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

“Those who would exploit our most vulnerable citizens should know that my office will not waver in its commitment to investigate and arrest anyone who participates in this criminal activity,” McDaniel said. “We are proud to work with law enforcement agencies statewide to prevent Internet child pornography and protect Arkansas’s children and families.”

Agents from the Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant at West’s residence in the 100 block of East Boulevard in Jacksonville in July. At that time, investigators seized several items of electronic evidence. The evidence was analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit’s Forensic Lab in Little Rock, where it was determined that West had downloaded and viewed child pornography.

Special Agent Chris Cone of the Attorney General’s Office began investigating West in June after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at West’s residence.

The Jacksonville Police Department and members of the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisted in the investigation and arrest.

The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.