WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE

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March 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – A Washington County man sentenced to prison last month on child pornography charges has been convicted of first-degree sexual abuse, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today.

Johnny Carte, 61, of Evansville, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse count, a Class C felony, in Izard County Circuit Court on Monday. Izard County Circuit Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Carte to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay a $500 fine.

Carte’s sentence will be served concurrently with the 80-year sentence handed down in Washington County Circuit Court in February after Carte pleaded guilty to eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and two counts of sexual indeceny with a child.

“I commend the agents in my office’s Cyber Crimes Unit for working to hold this man accountable for crimes he has committed in different parts of the state over the past two decades,” McDaniel said. “Our state has no tolerance for illegal actions that harm our children.”

Carte was arrested three times last year as part of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

In June 2013, Carte was arrested for computer child pornography charges after agents from the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at his home on Hale Mountain Road in Evansville. A month later, he was charged with sexual indecency with a child.

Then, in August 2013, Carte was arrested on the Izard County charge related to a crime that occurred in that county more than 20 years ago.

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