Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jerry Wayne Johnson, age 75, of Alma, was sentenced Friday to 60 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count each of Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court records, in August of 2016, Homeland Security Investigations (H.S.I.) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (I.C.A.C.) detectives received a cyber-tip from the Arkansas State Police I.C.A.C. Task Force about an individual using a I.P. address to download and receive images depicting child pornography. On Sept. 16, 2016, ICAC agents learned that the I.P. address returned to the residence of, Johnson, which is located in the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

On Oct. 5, 2016, law enforcement officers and special agents executed a search warrant at Johnson's residence. At the residence, ICAC special agents made contact with Johnson who admitted to downloading and possessing images and videos depicting child pornography, stating that he had been engaged in this behavior for decades. A search of the electronic storage devices seized from Johnson’s residence yielded numerous images depicting child pornography.

Johnson was indicted in November 2016 and plead guilty in March 2017.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.