LITTLE ROCK — A Sherwood man was arrested Wednesday on federal child pornography charges after he turned himself in to Homeland Security agents, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
William Thomas Murry III, 60, was indicted by a federal grand jury July 6 on one count of possession of child pornography and four counts of receipt of child pornography, acting U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris said in the release.
In late 2015 and early 2016, Homeland Security Investigations agents received information about a person allegedly participating in an online chat room where live child rapes and recorded pornographic videos and pictures involving children were shared through webcam streaming.
Agents determined that the person was using a computer at Kawasaki Sports Center on University Avenue in Little Rock, which Murry owned at the time. Authorities executed a federal search warrant at the business Nov. 2.
Murry admitted to agents he had used the online network but denied viewing child pornography.
Harris said investigators found that Murry’s work computer contained 65 still images and two video files containing child pornography. The computer also contained evidence of the online network, he said.
Murry’s home laptop contained 33 still images and four video files of child pornography as well as evidence of the online network, according to Harris.
Possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Receipt of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Murry appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Jerome Kearney at the federal courthouse in Little Rock. Kearney released Murry on conditions including electronic monitoring, no unsupervised contact with minors and monitored Internet access.