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Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced the indictment Thursday.
Kinney was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 28, when he drove to meet two minors with whom he planned to have sex, according to online chats that were recovered from his account. A search incident to arrest revealed that Kinney had brought sex toys and children’s clothing with him.
According to the criminal complaint, this investigation began in January 2015, when undercover officers were monitoring a social networking site and encountered an individual seeking a minor for sexual contact. Through further conversations, this individual sent several pictures and videos of child pornography over the Internet. They ultimately arranged a meeting at a motel, and when Raymond Kinney arrived, officers arrested him.
The indictment alleges that on or about Jan. 27, 2015, Kinney knowingly distributed child pornography. If convicted, Kinney faces at least five but not more than 20 years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from local task force officers. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allison W. Bragg and Kristin Bryant.
Thyer noted that the charges set forth in an indictment are allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.