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CRAWFORD COUNTY MAN CONVICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Crawford County man arrested late last year by agents from the Attorney General's Office has pleaded guilty to multiple felony child pornography charges.

Bryan A. Holmes, 48, of Alma was sentenced to 42 years in prison after pleading guilty to 15 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He received an additional 58-year suspended sentence. Holmes entered his guilty plea before Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Gary Cottrell in Van Buren.

"This conviction and those that have preceded it demonstrate that Arkansas will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our most vulnerable citizens," McDaniel said. "I am grateful for the work of our Cyber Crimes Unit and law enforcement agencies in Crawford County, who brought this man to justice and will continue to investigate and pursue other cases."

Holmes was arrested last November at his home in Alma following an investigation started by the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit in September 2011.

During the execution of a search warrant at Holmes' residence, several computers and digital devices were seized. Multiple images depicting sexual abuse of a child were discovered on those devices during an analysis at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.

After the investigation, McDaniel turned the completed case file over to Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune, who prosecuted Holmes. The Alma Police Department also assisted in the arrest and investigation.

As a condition of his guilty plea, Holmes will be required to register as a sex offender. Holmes is currently being held in the Crawford County Detention Center, awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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