- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Siloam Springs man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1OnZxhR ) that 44-year-old Donald Ray Thele was charged with 10 felony counts of distributing, possession or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and a felony count of video voyeurism.

Thele also was ordered to have no contact with one victim and to have no supervised contact with any children. He will have to register as a sex offender.

Court records say Thele was arrested in April after someone gave the Benton County sheriff’s office a thumb drive containing images of children engaging in sexually explicit activities. Thele’s tax documents were also found on the drive.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for his home and found more images on his cell phone.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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