Rutledge Announces Little Rock Man Sentenced for Crimes Involving Children

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January 22, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man has been sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges.

Roberto Almaraz, 49, of Little Rock pleaded guilty to 10 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children. In addition to his prison sentence, Almaraz must register as a sex offender.

“It is a priority of this office to get these dangerous predators off the streets across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I appreciate the hard work of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the Little Rock Police Department for conducting a thorough investigation to make sure this individual does not continue to exploit and endanger our children.”

Special agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Almaraz in August after executing a search warrant at Almaraz’s residence. Agents conducted a forensic exam on his computer and found evidence that he downloaded and viewed explicit materials involving children.

The Little Rock Police Department assisted with the search warrant and arrest. Attorneys from the Cyber Crimes Unit assisted Prosecutor Larry Jegley with the conviction.

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on Nov. 4, 2014, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office.

Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, is a graduate of Southside High School, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was appointed Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and later served as Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. She served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services. She also served as Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee before joining the Republican National Committee as Counsel. Prior to her election as Attorney General, she founded and practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC. Rutledge lives in Little Rock.