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story.lead_photo.caption Paul Benjamin Merritt, 30, of Hot Springs

A man arrested Friday on 100 counts related to child pornography has been identified in court filings as a custodian for an Arkansas school district.

The Sentinel-Record reported that Paul Benjamin Merritt Jr., 30, of Hot Springs was arrested after FBI agents and detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department found electronic devices containing sexually explicit images involving children.

Merritt worked as a custodian for the Hot Springs School District, filings show. His employment status with the district was not immediately known, as atempts to reach a district representative were not successful Wednesday morning.

The 30-year-old faces 100 felony counts of distributing, possessing and viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, records show.

An affidavit cited by the newspaper states that Merritt reportedly possessed and distributed more than 100 images using his Facebook account.

The custodian later told authorities that he sought, obtained and distributed numerous images of minors on the social media platform. Merritt also admitted to being sexually attracted to girls as young as 10 years old.

Merritt is set to appear in Garland County District Court on Tuesday. He remained at the Garland County jail Wednesday morning without bail set, according to an online inmate roster.

Read the full story in the Sentinel-Record here.

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  • Empirical1
    September 6, 2017 at 11:33 a.m.

    Begin typing here... For a rational and fair minded scientific journal discussion of the issues in this news story, Google "Effects on Boy-Attracted Pedosexual Males of Viewing Boy Erotica"

    Regarding "harm," Google "The Missing Mechanism of Harm"

    For a scientific journal discussion of "Willingness," especially it as relates to boys, Google "The Role of Androphilia in the Psychosexual Development of Boys"

    A downloadable 94 page book is available free by Googling "Beyond Hysteria: Boy Erotica on the Internet."

  • Empirical1
    September 6, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

    For a rational and fair minded scientific journal discussion of the issues in this news story, Google "Effects on Boy-Attracted Pedosexual Males of Viewing Boy Erotica"

    Regarding "harm," Google "The Missing Mechanism of Harm"

    For a scientific journal discussion of "Willingness," especially it as relates to boys, Google "The Role of Androphilia in the Psychosexual Development of Boys"

    A downloadable 94 page book is available free by Googling "Beyond Hysteria: Boy Erotica on the Internet."

  • YoungHog
    September 6, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.

    the lack of comments is surprising. lock this fool up for LIFE.. ~this is getting out of hand.. just sickening..

  • idratherbesailing
    September 6, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.

    No comments because it's just so incredibly stupid. He worked at a school, he posted AND distributed this stuff through a Facebook account? Guy must have an IQ of 12. It's shocking to see how often this is happening, but is it because it's easier to catch them now? No - I think it's another sign of the failure of our culture and society to bring people up right and the collapse of the family.

  • rubythecat96gmailcom
    September 6, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

    Oh, my Lord, another one this is happening daily. what is causing this sickness ?

  • FireEyes
    September 6, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

    Ruby, lack of God in people's lives is the cause. This nation and society have deteriorated radically since the 1964 ruling against prayer in schools. If God's not welcome there (or in individual lives), the devil gladly gallops in. This guy is just a natural by-product of a society soaked in sin and rejecting God. It will get worse, wait and see.

  • 3WorldState1
    September 6, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.

    Apparently, this is coming out of the white, christian culture.

  • AuntPetunia
    September 6, 2017 at 3:16 p.m.

    Where does it say he was a Christian? He worked at a public school, so lets ban them all.

  • 3WorldState1
    September 6, 2017 at 3:48 p.m.

    Do you read this paper? Every year there are 10 "christian leaders" arrested for child porn or molestation. And 100% are white. Wont mention the Catholic Priests over the last 200 years.
    I don't know. Maybe it's just because they get so much attention over others, it just seems like they are the only ones doing it. Kind of like how everyone thinks black football players beat their girlfriends and do drugs. Even though it is lower than the general population.
    I'll take back my Christian jab on this individual. But batting 100% on whiteness.

  • MaxCady
    September 6, 2017 at 3:49 p.m.

    There's a job opening in the Hot Springs School District.

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