Harrisburg, Ark. – Jessica Thomason, deputy prosecuting attorney, prosecuted 65-year-old Gary D. Mann of Harrisburg, who pleaded guilty to five
counts of possessing or viewing sexually explicit conduct involving a child and was given a 30-year sentence.
The conviction resulted from a 2021 investigation,
which began when an Internet Crimes Against
Children investigator in Little Rock advised that
someone in Harrisburg had shared over 100 images of child pornography via a Peer-to-Peer network
Sergeant Gary Shackleford of the Jonesboro Police
Department obtained a search warrant for Mann’s
residence. And in a post-Miranda statement, Mann
admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography.
Thomason thanked Sgt. Shackleford and the Jonesboro Police Department and stated: “The safety of our children has to be a priority. Holding people like Mr. Mann accountable is a step in the right direction.”
Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised Thomason:
“Thomason is an active deputy prosecuting attorney who works hard and gets results. I’m thankful for her devotion to the protection of children from the abuse that these images promote.”