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AG Griffin, Prosecutor Jones Announce Guilty Plea, 50-Year Sentence for Man on Child Pornography Charges

Griffin: Conviction ‘reaffirms our mission and promise to go after those who heinously exploit our most vulnerable through child pornography’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin and Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Will Jones today issued statements regarding the negotiated guilty plea of Robert Vincent Lahn, 44, to 30 counts of possession of child pornography and a sentence of 50 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

“I am extremely grateful for the efforts of Sixth District Prosecuting Attorney Will Jones for securing this plea and the hard work of all those in my office’s Special Investigations and Special Prosecutions divisions—including Special Agent K9 Lucy—who worked on the search of Lahn’s home and executed the arrest that led to his guilty plea and sentencing,” Griffin said.

“This conviction is from the first arrest executed by my office after I became Attorney General. It reaffirms my mission and promise to go after those who heinously exploit our most vulnerable through child pornography,” Griffin added. “I especially thank Chief Wayne Bewley and Special Agents John Coleman, Amber Kalmer, Walt Mahone, JayP Massiet, Steve Moore and Jeremiah Terrell for their work.”

Jones said: “We are thankful for our relationship with the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division and value our partnership. Deputy Prosecutors Nichole Pace and Michelle Quiller worked hard to secure a sentence that will make our community safer.”

Special Investigations Division agents executed a search warrant for Lahn’s North Little Rock residence on March 28 and arrested him on April 5.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was sworn in as the 57th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 10, 2023, having previously served as the state’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2015-2023. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, where he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Ethics and House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.

Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for more than 26 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq.

He is currently serving as the Commander of the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans, Louisiana. His previous assignments include serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Liberty (née Bragg), North Carolina, and as a Senior Legislative Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Griffin earned a master’s degree in strategic studies as a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush; Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas; Senior Investigative Counsel, Government Reform and Oversight Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett, In re: HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He attended graduate school at Oxford University. He is admitted to practice law in Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive). Griffin attends Immanuel Baptist Church and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.