Friday, December 09, 2016

TOP STORY >> Jacksonville man gets 20-year term

A Jacksonville man who was working as a TSA inspector at the time of his arrest was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

Raymond Kinney, 55, was arrested in a January 2015 sting while trying to meet two minors for sex after contacting them on the Internet, according to an announcement Wednesday from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

“Protecting the children of Arkansas is one of our highest priorities, and our office will never stop working to bring child predators like Kinney to justice,” U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer said.

“Parents must be aware of the dangers children face online and protect them on the Internet just as they would in any other public place, and this case demonstrates exactly why,” he said.

Kinney was arrested at a Russellville motel where he drove to meet two children with whom he planned to have sex, according to online messages. He brought sex toys and children’s clothing with him.

Law-enforcement officers, monitoring a social media website, observed Kinney asking minors for sex.

Kinney sent the officers, who were posing as minors, several pictures and videos of child pornography over the Internet. Then they arranged a meeting with him at the motel.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright imposed the maximum sentence allowed by law. Parole is not offered in the federal prison system.

Kinney was also convicted of attempted rape in state court and received a 20-year sentence, which will run concurrently with his federal sentence.