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March 24, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – A Sebastian County man arrested last year by agents from the Attorney General’s Office has been convicted of felony child pornography charges, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

Joshua David Peters, 30, of Lavaca pleaded guilty last week in Sebastian County Circuit Court to four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Sebastian County Circuit Judge Michael Fitzhugh sentenced Peters to 15 years in prison, with an additional suspended sentence of 15 years.

Peters will be required to register as a sex offender.

“Law enforcement agencies in this State are working together to protect children, and this conviction is evidence of that coordinated effort,” McDaniel said. “The Cyber Crimes Unit in my office investigates Internet crime statewide and receives assistance from local police and prosecutors as we pursue these offenders. I am glad for the unit’s work and I am glad that this man will be held accountable for his crimes.”

Peters was arrested last April after agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at his residence on Tiffany Drive in Lavaca. Investigators confiscated four laptop computers, a phone and other electronic evidence. Peters admitted to investigators at the time of his arrest that he was in possession of child pornography.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, Lavaca Police Department and the Office of Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue assisted in the arrest, investigation and conviction.

Peters is being held in the Sebastian County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.