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June 28, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that agents from his office have arrested a Washington County man for possession of child pornography.

Johnny D. Carte, 60, of Evansville was arrested this afternoon in Fayetteville on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Carte was being held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

“The exploitation of a child over the Internet is a reprehensible crime that the Cyber Crimes Unit in my office will continue to fight to eradicate,” McDaniel said. “We have seized a significant amount of evidence in this matter and our investigation is ongoing. We look forward to presenting this case in court.”

Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Carte’s residence, 22481 Hale Mountain Road, in Evansville on Thursday. Agents seized a laptop computer and other electronic evidence, which will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.

Carte admitted to investigators today that the computer contained more than 1,500 images of child pornography.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Lavaca Police Department, assisted in the investigation and arrest.

The Attorney General's office will turn over its completed case file to Fourth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney John Threet.

Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.