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    Attorney General Announces Sheridan Man Sentenced for Crimes Involving Children

    July 2, 2015

    SHERIDAN – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Grant County man has been sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child sexual exploitation charges.

    Bryan Mitchell Baker, 28, of Sheridan was charged with 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing sexually explicit material involving a child. In addition to the prison sentence, Baker will enter a sex offender treatment program and must register as a sex offender.

    The case was heard in front of Judge Chris Williams and was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Will Jones and 7th Judicial District Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stephen Shirron. Attorney General Special Investigators Chris Cone and Jeff Shackleford testified in the case, which helped to secure the sentence.

    “I am proud of our investigators and Cyber Crimes Unit for working with the prosecutor to ensure that this man will be off the streets,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Attorney General’s Office will continue to go after these predators to keep them away from our children. I also appreciate the diligent work and partnership of Grant County Prosecutor Teresa Howell and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stephen Shirron.”

    The investigation into Baker began in January 2014, with a search warrant issued a month later. Baker pleaded not guilty and was convicted by the jury.

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