Two Pine Bluff men were arrested Thursday after separate investigations into allegations they were downloading child pornography off the internet.
Fredrick Goldsmith, 52, and John Gray, 44, were taken into custody after police detectives served search warrants at two houses, Detective Roy Gober reported in probable cause affidavits.
In the case of Goldsmith, Gober reported that he began an investigation on Nov. 12 after finding that someone was downloading and sharing child pornography on a peer-to-peer network.
A subpoena was sent to AT&T on Nov. 15 to obtain the address of the person who was downloading the reported pornography, and on Nov. 28, AT&T responded, indicating that its records showed the account belonged to Goldsmith at a residence in the 3300 block of West 10th Avenue.
Gober reported that he presented his findings to Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis on Tuesday, and Dennis signed a search warrant for the house, that was served Thursday.
A laptop computer was found and a preview of the computer showed at least five videos of what appeared to be child pornography, Gober said. The computer was seized for further examination.
In addition to the computer child pornography allegations, Goldsmith was also arrested on several misdemeanor warrants for violating the Arkansas Hot Check law.
Gober reported that he began a separate investigation on Sept. 30 regarding the downloading of child pornography on a peer to peer network, and a subpoena was sent to AT&T on Nov. 27, requesting information on the user of the account.
That subpoena was returned Dec. 3, indicating the account was registered to Gray at a residence in the 300 block of South Olive Street, and Dennis also signed a search warrant for that residence Tuesday.
Gober reported that officers found a laptop computer with what appeared to be images of child pornography, and that computer was also seized for further examination.
Gray was not at the house when the warrant was served and was located later. He was not questioned because he asked for an attorney, and was taken to the adult detention center on 10 counts of computer child pornography.
Bond for both Goldsmith and Gray was set at $10,000 and both were told to come back to court Jan. 18.