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Booneville Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Producing Child Pornography

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Booneville man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was charged with producing child pornography.

Erik Andrew Lotvedt, 30, admitted to using his cell phone to produce an image of child pornography which involved a minor victim who was less than 12 years old, according to a release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Kenneth Elser.

Lotvedt’s sentence is followed by 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the one-count information, charging the defendant with using, persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, the release stated.

 

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, according to the release.