Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that an Izard County man has been sentenced to 60 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child pornography charges.
James Hix, 59, of Mount Pleasant, pleaded guilty to six counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
“Hix exploited innocent children being victimized in the sickening images he had and shared from his computer,” said Rutledge in a release announcing the sentencing. “We work closely with other law enforcement agencies to identify these criminals and remove them from the internet and our neighborhoods. Predators will be held accountable in Arkansas.”
In April 2018, Hix was arrested by the attorney general’s office Cyber Crimes Unit where special agents seized multiple electronic devices from his residence. Deputy Attorney General Will Jones from the attorney general’s office was appointed special deputy prosecutor in the case by the 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer.
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