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Rutledge: 332 Years in Prison for Those Sentenced for Crimes Involving Children

January 20, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the 2015 statistics from the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Law enforcement officers arrested six individuals from across the State for crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children, along with assisting 24 local law enforcement agencies in getting these criminals out of cyberspace and out of our neighborhoods.

Agents also trained law enforcement officers at local and national conferences to provide instruction on digital forensic investigations.

“Agents in the Cyber Crimes Unit work diligently to find the predators and bring them to justice,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas children are put more and more at risk through rapidly changing technology. The number of cyber crimes continues to rise as these offenses have no geographic, age, race or economic boundaries.”

The unit closed 11 cases. One case led to a jury trial, while 10 entered into plea agreements, resulting in a combined 332 years behind bars for offenders.

Attorney General’s office staff members have also given over 500 community presentations with many of those focusing on Internet safety and anti-cyberbullying practices to students across Arkansas. Over 34,500 printed materials have been distributed by the office with many featuring Ellie, the eagle, to guide students through using the Internet safely, as well as the Parents Guide to Internet Safety.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s office Special Investigations Division also serves as the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Arkansas (NCMEC). Officers investigated 152 leads in 2015 and took information on 50 new missing children. The NCMEC Tipline is (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

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