LITTLE ROCK — A Wynne man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography.

LITTLE ROCK — A Wynne man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography.


Joshua Logan Thornton, 32, pleaded guilty in November to sexual exploitation of a minor and was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, according to a news release from Chris Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.


The charge against Thornton stemmed from the July arrest of Arthur Clements in a child-pornography investigation in Baltimore. Clements told Homeland Security investigators about a person who performed sexually explicit acts with a female minor and shared videos of the acts with him via an Internet streaming program, according to the release.


Investigators noted "a distinctive quilt with yellow and orange butterflies on a turquoise background" in three videos that depicted Thornton performing sexually explicit acts with the minor. The quilt was seized from Thornton’s home, along with several electronic devices, in a search in August.


Prosecutors said about 5,000 images of child pornography, including videos that Thornton had sent to Clements, were found on Thornton’s computer.


Investigators also talked to the minor, who admitted that Thornton performed sex acts on her and instructed her not to tell anyone about them.


Thornton admitted that he had performed sexual acts on the minor and shared them on the streaming program beginning about eight months earlier, but he said he had stopped after Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was arrested on child pornography charges, according to the release.