- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A 45-year-old Springdale man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison without the possibility of parole for receiving child pornography images.

Federal prosecutors said Michael Pankey was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, investigators were notified in 2013 that someone in the northwest Arkansas area using the screen name of “Pankster87” had posted multiple images of child pornography to a publically available internet site. 

An investigation led to a cell phone that Pankey admitted he had used to trade and download child pornography. A forensic examination found more than 100 images of child pornography.

Pankey pleaded guilty to the charge in May.


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