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June 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – A Greene County man arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office last year was sentenced today to 80 years in prison on multiple felony child pornography charges, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

Jeffery W. Webb, 38, of Paragould pleaded guilty in Greene County Circuit Court to eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each count. Those sentences will be served consecutively.

Webb also pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count. Those sentences will be served concurrently with the other prison terms. The sexual assault charges followed an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the Paragould Police Department.

“This prison sentence demonstrates that the State has no tolerance for criminals who prey on our children,” McDaniel said. “I am grateful for the cooperative efforts of agents from my office and law enforcement agencies in Greene County to arrest and convict this offender.”

Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Webb’s residence, 1101 Royal St., in Paragould last June after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at the residence. At that time, Webb admitted to investigators that he was in possession of multiple images of child pornography on his laptop computer.

Following the Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation, the Attorney General turned over the completed case file to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, who prosecuted Webb.

Webb was being held in the Greene County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.