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Rutledge Announces Austin Man Sentenced for Crimes Involving Children


January 28, 2016

LONOKE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Lonoke County man has been sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges.

John Herndon, 64, of Austin pleaded guilty to 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children. In addition to his prison sentence, Herndon must register as a sex offender.

“The Attorney General office’s Cyber Crimes Unit works closely with local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies across the State to protect our children from these dangerous predators,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am committed to protecting our children and families, and I appreciate the diligent work of officials to get these criminals out of our neighborhoods and off the internet.”

Herndon was arrested in August on a search warrant executed by the Attorney General Cyber Crimes Unit. An attorney from the Attorney General’s office was appointed by the 23rd District Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Graham as special deputy prosecutor. Judge Sandy Huckabee sentenced Herndon on Jan. 19 in Lonoke County Circuit Court.

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