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Cyber Crimes Unit Arrests Western Arkansas Man

Date: April 10, 2013

A Sebastian County man is behind bars, charged with possession of child pornography.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Joshua David Peters, 29, of Lavaca, this morning on four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony, according to today's announcement.

Peters is being held in the Sebastian County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Agents executed a search warrant at Peters' residence this morning, confiscating four laptop computers, a phone and other electronic evidence.

"Our Cyber Crimes Unit is committed to investigating and arresting those in our state that are suspected of using the Internet to prey upon our children," McDaniel said. "I appreciate the work of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office and the Lavaca Police Department, which assisted in this investigation."

During the execution of the search warrant, Peters acknowledged to investigators that he was in possession of child pornography. He was arrested at that time.

The Attorney General's Office will turn over its completed case file to Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue.

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