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FAYETTEVILLE -- A previously convicted child pornographer was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday for downloading and possessing child porn.

Joshua Glen Box, 36, of Fayetteville, pleaded guilty in August to one count of receiving child porn and one count of possession of child porn. Three other counts were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks sentenced Box to 15 years on each count, to run concurrently.

The prison term will be followed by 30 years of supervised release. During that time, Box can't have unsupervised contact with children; cannot access the Internet with computers or other devices without express permission from probation officers and installing Internet monitoring software; and, he must submit to sex offender treatment, if required by probation officers.

Brooks did not order a fine in the case but did order Box to pay $13,000 in restitution.

Arkansas Community Correction officers were doing home visit and compliance checks on supervised sex offenders in Washington County when Box admitted downloading child pornography from the Dark Web and storing it on a hard drive at his home, according to court documents.

A subsequent examination of Box's devices found child porn.

Box faced 15 to 40 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and fines of up to $250,000.

Box was previously convicted in Washington County Circuit Court on five counts of possessing child porn in August 2015. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered not to possess child pornography in the future.

Those state charges stemmed from June 2013 when federal officials monitoring Internet sites discovered Box was using his computer in Springdale to share child porn. Police found 2,500 photos and 450 videos of child pornography on Box's electronic devices.

Box told police he had been downloading images of child porn since he was 15 years old.

NW News on 02/06/2019

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