Saturday, January 10, 2009

Baby raper gets 110 yrs!

Springdale man faces life in prison after child porn conviction

Aug 28, 2008 07:28 PM EDT

Joseph Michael Rector

SPRINGDALE - A 56-year-old Springdale man could be sentenced to life in prison on child porn charges after a federal judge convicted him of six counts of receiving, posessing, and distributing child pornography.

Joseph Michael Rector, owner of Arkansas Home Elevators, was set for a jury trial, but asked the judge to decide his fate, instead. Nearly 200-thousand pictures and 2-thousand videos of sex acts with children ranging from infants to 6-year-olds were found by the FBI in his possession.

Asst. U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner said, "In Scott Ledford's investigation the children in Mr. Rector's collection were as young as infants."

56-year-old Joseph Michael Rector kept an external hard drive full of child porn pictures and videos hidden in his bathroom.

Jenner said, "...when he was not using it he had that kick place floor-molding nailed shut over it, so if you walked into the bathroom as a casual observer you would have no reason to think that there was contraband evidence on an external hard drive hidden in that bathroom."

Neighbors say they rarely saw him and never knew they lived in a neighborhood with that kind of person.

Jenner said, "194,000 still images just individual photos and the other was over 2,000 videos."

Among the thousands of pictures and videos in evidence-what was referred to by prosecutors as his prized possession-an encrypted DVD of Rector molesting a 6-year-old girl. During the trial Jenner told the judge she wouldn't even tell him the name he'd given the video-as the language was too degrading, offensive, and horrifying.

Jenner said, " would almost be significant enough that a juror might ask for psychological counseling as a result of having to see these images because they are so horrifying."

Rector was not tried in Arkansas for producing child porn[performing the actual sex acts with the children on video or in pictures]since he allegedly did that in the state of Oklahoma.

Jenner said, "He could be charged and will be charged in Oklahoma for the production of the pictures."

The FBI has reportedly called this case it's biggest child porn bust in Arkansas. Rector backed out of an earlier plea agreement for a 30-year maximum sentence-now he's facing up to life in prison for these six counts of child porn. His sentencing date likely won't be set for several months.

Springdale Man Sentenced To 110 Years On Child Porn Charge
POSTED: 3:50 pm CST January 9, 2009
UPDATED: 4:13 pm CST January 9, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Joseph Michael Rector, 57, of Springdale, was sentenced Friday on charges of producing child pornography, said Deborah Groom, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Rector appeared in U.S. District Court in Fayetteville where Chief U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren sentenced him to 1,320 months (110 years) in prison. Rector was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and will be on court-ordered supervision for life if he is released from prison.

Rector was convicted on a six count indictment after a trial to the Court on Aug. 27, 2008. The charges centered around an investigation conducted by the FBI when it received information that Rector had shown photographs on his computer that he had taken of a minor female posed in a sexually explicit manner, Groom said.

Police searched Rector’s residence in Springdale, where they found encrypted computer files containing images of a girl younger than the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Groom said.

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