Federal judge sentences sex offender to 57 months

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A man convicted of stalking a child online in 2013 in an Arkansas state court, was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison by a federal judge in Texarkana for viewing child pornography on the internet.

Nolen Reece Baker, 42, appeared with federal public defender Bruce Eddy for sentencing Thursday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Baker pleaded guilty to using a computer to access child pornography at a hearing before Hickey earlier this year. Baker was serving a five-year term of probation for internet stalking of a child assessed him in a state court at the time the federal charges were filed.

A probation officer supervising Baker searched his computer during a home visit in 2014. Baker’s search history contained sites that the officers believed could be child pornography sources and contacted the Sevier County, Ark., Sheriff’s Office. The SCSO acquired a warrant and confiscated Baker’s desktop computer.

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A forensic analysis by the U.S. Secret Service revealed thousands of searches for child porn and a bevy of illegal images which led to the charge for which Baker was sentenced Thursday. The photographs depicted young children who had not reached puberty engaged in sexual activity.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wulff represented the government.

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