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December 19, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that agents from his office have arrested a White County man for possession of child pornography.

Thomas F. Allen, 61, of Beebe was arrested this morning at his residence on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Allen was being held in the White County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant this morning at Allen’s residence in the 1200 block of West College Street in Beebe. Investigators seized two laptop computers, an external hard drive and other electronic evidence. That evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.

Special Agent Chad Meli began investigating Allen in October after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at Allen’s residence.

The Beebe Police Department and the Office of 17th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Chris Raff assisted in the investigation and the arrest.

McDaniel’s office will turn over its completed case file to Raff.

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