Three Men Sentenced To More Than 21 Years For Child Porn

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Three men were sentenced to a combined total of 21 years for child pornography, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge.

James Cain, 53, of Springdale was sentenced to 97 months, Edward McMahon, 61, of Lincoln was also sentenced to 97 months in prison and Matthew McMullen, 32, of Fayetteville was sentenced to 60 months, officials said.

All three were sentenced for unrelated charges of receipt of images of child pornography, according to the release.

“There is no higher priority in our office than protecting our children,” Eldridge said. “The sentences announced today send a strong message that we will continue to aggressively prosecute those involved in child pornography offenses.  Those that possess and view images of child pornography perpetuate this despicable trade and empower those that directly abuse kids.  We will continue to fight these horrendous crimes.”

Cain was arrested after his computer was tracked by the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce for engaging in distribution of child pornography, authorities said. He was arrested on Dec. 3, 2014, after admitting to downloading child porn for 15 years, and he pleaded guilty to receipt of images of child pornography on Feb. 4.

In addition to his 97 months in prison, he was also sentenced to 15 years of supervised release and a $1,750 fine, according to the release.

McMahon’s computer was tracked in September 2014 for posting child pornography online, and he was arrested on Nov. 21, 2014. He pleaded guilty to receipt of images of child pornography on Feb. 4, Eldridge said. In addition to his 97-month sentence, he was also given 10 years of supervised release and a $1,750 fine, Eldridge said.

McMullen was tracked, authorities approached him and he admitted to downloading child porn, according to the release. He was arrested on Dec. 2, 2014, and pleaded guilty to receipt of images of child pornography on Jan. 20, authorities said. According to Eldridge, McMullen was given to five years supervised release.