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Rutledge Announces Arrest of Lonoke County Man for Crimes Involving Children


August 7, 2015

LONOKE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of John Elwain Herndon of Austin on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class B felony.

Herndon, 63, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division at his home on Thursday, August 6. He is a registered sex offender and is accused of downloading and offering to distribute sexually explicit images of children. Herndon was also arrested for parole violations at the same time.

Herndon is being held in the Lonoke County Jail on $250,000 bond awaiting arraignment this fall. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed investigative file to Lonoke County Prosecutor Chuck Graham. The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

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