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Ex-ACIC worker pleads guilty in child porn case

LITTLE ROCK — A former employee of the Arkansas Crime Information Center pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge Monday and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Fredrick Rains also will be subject to 10 years of supervised probation after his release and will have to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said Rains, 63, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography. He was arrested in July 2010 during an investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office of a complaint that Rains took inappropriate pictures of a 16-year-old girl at a restaurant.

Rains denied the allegation but gave written consent for authorities to search his home and computers. On a computer, officers found images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. After securing a search warrant, authorities seized numerous items of computer media and Rains was arrested on state charges of possession of child pornography.

He left his state job following his arrest, a worker with the state Office of Personnel Management said Monday.

He subsequently admitted to downloading and possessing images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from news groups and said he had been doing so for about seven years. A forensic reported conducted by agents with the Secret Service revealed more than 7,000 images of child pornography.

The case was subsequently referred to the U.S. attorney’s office for prosecution.

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