Teen arrested for suspected child pornography

Photo: Jondon B. Jason

Jonesboro authorities have arrested a teen accused of possessing over 3,000 images of suspected child pornography.

In a Facebook post, the Jonesboro Police Department identifies the suspect as Jondon B. Jason. KAIT says Jason is 19 years old and is from Fifty Six in Stone County.

Jonesboro police say following an investigation, Jason was arrested Thursday on suspicion of computer child pornography and distributing, viewing, or possessing of a matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

KAIT citing a probable cause affidavit in the case released Friday afternoon notes the Jonesboro Police Department High-Tech Crimes Unit received a tip from the National Commission on Missing and Exploited Children about the case.

Authorities found nearly 300 files of suspected child exploitation, along with an email address that was used to register a Dropbox account, the affidavit notes.

“The file names found in the metadata contained titles denoting the involvement of prepubescent children being involved in sexual acts. The files provided contained approximately 3,017 images and videos,” the affidavit notes. “After reviewing the files, a large majority of them contained child sexual exploitation involving children as young as toddlers, both male and female.”

According to the affidavit, police also interviewed Jason about the case. He allegedly admitted sharing the files in the Dropbox account, plus using apps to get the files as well, police say.

“The defendant stated he began downloading the files when he was a minor. The defendant also acknowledged that he knew it was illegal to possess and view the files,” police said in the affidavit.

A $50,000 bond was set in the case, with Jason ordered not to have any access to the Internet or any internet device.

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