Independence Co. man facing 500 counts of child pornography

Independence Co. man facing 500 counts of child pornography
Kevin Barnes, Jr. of Pleasant Plains was arrested on 500 counts of possessing child pornography. (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pleasant Plains man Thursday suspected of possessing child pornography.

Kevin Barnes, Jr., 29, is being held in the Independence County Jail on 500 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and one count criminal use of prohibited weapons.

Officers arrested Barnes after executing a search warrant at his home on Wish Street in Pleasant Plains.

According to Sheriff Shawn Stephens, Arkansas State Police received information that Barnes had downloaded child pornography from an IP address.

Stephens said investigators found the suspected child pornography, as well as a sawed-off shotgun.

In addition to the ASP’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Jonesboro Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Division participated in Thursday’s search.

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