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CRAWFORD COUNTY BROTHERS CONVICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

LITTLE ROCK - Two Alma men arrested last year by agents from the Attorney General's Office pleaded guilty today in Crawford County Circuit Court to multiple felony child pornography charges, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

Wendel Vaughn Smith, 46, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He received an additional 40-year suspended sentence.

William Vincent Smith, 48, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He received an additional 25-year suspended sentence.

The two men, who are brothers, entered their plea before Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Mike Medlock.

"These men used the Internet to prey upon our children, and with these prison sentences they will no longer be able to do so," McDaniel said. "The dedicated law enforcement officers from the Attorney General's Office and throughout the State will continue to work to make Arkansas a safer place for children and families."

The men were arrested by agents of the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit in April 2012 at the residence they shared, 227 Orick Road, in Alma. Earlier, during execution of a search warrant at the residence, agents with the Attorney General's office seized a computer belonging to Wendel Smith, a computer belonging to William Smith and other electronic evidence.

Multiple images of child pornography were found on the seized evidence during a forensic analysis at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.

After the investigation, McDaniel turned over the completed case file to Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune, who prosecuted the Smith brothers. McCune's office and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the investigation and arrest of the two men.

Both men will be required to register as sex offenders as a condition of their guilty pleas. Both men are being held in the Crawford County Detention Center awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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