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February 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that two men arrested by agents with the Attorney General’s Office have been convicted of felony child pornography charges.

Johnny Carte, 61, of Evansville was sentenced to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty this morning in Washington County Circuit Court to eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony, and two counts of sexual indecency with a child, a Class D felony. Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay sentenced Carte to 10 years in prison on each of the child pornography counts, with the sentences to be served consecutively. Carte's sentences of six years in prison on the two additonal counts wll run concurrently with the other sentences.

On Tuesday, Clint Everitt Fields, 33, of Paragould pleaded guilty in Greene County Circuit Court to four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Greene County Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey sentenced Fields to a total of 17 years in prison with an additional 15-year suspended sentence.

“These men will no longer be able to victimize our most vulnerable citizens, our children,” McDaniel said. “The goal of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit is to eradicate Internet crime against children in our state, and these convictions and sentences move us closer to that goal. I appreciate the work of the law enforcement agencies involved in these cases that assisted in helping us bring these men to justice.”

Carte was arrested last June after admitting to investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit that a computer in his possession contained more than 1,500 images of child pornography. Agents arrested Carte after conducting a search warrant at his residence on Hale Mountain Road in Evansville. A laptop computer and other electronic evidence were seized at that time.

As part of an ongoing investigation, Carte was later arrested and charged with rape in Izard County. Carte is still awaiting trial on the rape count.

Fields was arrested by agents with the Cyber Crimes Unit in April 2013 at his residence on 22nd Street in Paragould. Investigators seized a laptop computer at that time.

Both Carte and Fields will be required to register as sex offenders.

Carte is being held in the Washington County Detention Center and Fields is being held in the Greene County Detention Center. Both are awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.