Paragould Man to Serve Prison Time On Child Porn Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 25, 2014

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Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney

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PARAGOULD MAN TO SERVE PRISON TIME ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

PARAGOULD, ARK – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced the guilty plea Tuesday of a Paragould man arrested last April by agents of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Investigation Unit.

            Ellington said Clint Everett Fields, 33, of Paragould, pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children, class C felonies. He was sentenced to 17 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections to be followed by 15 years suspended imposition of sentence.

            On April 16, 2013, at approximately 6:20 a.m., a search warrant was executed by Special Agents Chad Meli and Chris Cone of the AG’s Cyber Crimes Unit and Paragould Police Corporals Sterling Catterton and Michael Oost. At the time the warrant was served, officers located Fields utilizing a laptop computer in the only bedroom of the residence. An on-scene preview was conducted using a forensic previewing tool which resulted in the location of numerous video child pornography files, the prosecutor said.

            “Some images and videos depicted children as young as approximately six years of age,” Ellington said. “Mr. Fields is now behind bars where he belongs.”

            Ellington praised Special Agent Chad Meli and Chris Cone of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit; Paragould Police Corporals Sterling Catterton and Michael Oost, and Det. Sgt. Rhonda Thomas for their continued efforts to apprehend internet predators.

            “The charges for which Mr. Fields pleaded guilty to today are some of the most sickening, disturbing offenses in the book,” Ellington said. “Until the numbers of these cases are at zero, law enforcement will not stop investigating and my office will not stop prosecuting.”

            The state was represented by Greene County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adam Butler of Paragould.  Jonesboro attorney Scott Davidson represented Fields.

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