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Former Benton firefighter charged in child-porn case

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 20, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.


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— A former lieutenant with the Benton Fire Department is facing federal charges after a computer with images of child pornography was recovered from his locker at the fire station, authorities said.

Timothy Ryan Bodkin, 39, made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Tuesday on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. He pleaded innocent.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas said Bodkin was indicted federally this month after investigators last May traced the downloading of illegal images to an Internet protocol address he used.

Investigators obtained a warrant and recovered the laptop from the locker, finding more than 1,000 images of child pornography on it, according to a news release.

Arkansas State Police and the Saline County sheriff's office investigated.

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Poorboy says... February 20, 2013 at 7:31 a.m.

Saline county police departments are doing a great job arresting these pervs.

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grams212 says... February 20, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.

Question? All these pervs are downloading images that are illegal to download...I would think they are illegal to post also. Why can't the originators be better policed and such images auto searched and deleated as soon as they are posted?? With all the technology, there HAS to be a way...(OR..do I watch too much TV and watch too many news reports about other governments monitoring and hacking US information.) Surely the US information is more secure than a pervs web site?

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NutButter says... February 20, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

Makes me wonder, also.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 20, 2013 at 6:14 p.m.

Did he have a back ground check?

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