Rutledge Announces Pulaski County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
March 19, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Pulaski County man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and has been sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on five counts of distributing, viewing or possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Rutledge released the following statement:
“As Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer, I will not allow Arkansas’s children to be preyed upon by online predators. I appreciate the hard work of the Cyber Crimes Unit in my office and the Jacksonville Police Department for conducting a thorough investigation to make sure this individual does not continue to exploit children.”
David Raymond West, 70, of Jacksonville pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson. West will be required to register as a sex offender.
Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested West in Nov. 2013 after executing a search warrant at West’s residence. Agents conducted a forensic exam on West’s computer and found evidence that he downloaded and viewed child pornography.
The Jacksonville Police Department assisted in the arrest and investigation.