Fredrick Rains, 63, was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release after serving time and will also have to register as a sex offender.
The case dates back to June 2010 when the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office received a report that while in a local restaurant, Rains took inappropriate pictures of the caller's 16-year old niece. A Pulaski County detective then contacted Rains and conducted an interview with him.
During the interview Rains denied taking photographs of the girl, but said he may have focused on her rear-end while checking his camera phone. Rains then gave written consent for the detectives to search his home and computers.
While conducting the search, detectives previewed a computer and found several images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The detectives stopped the search to obtain a search warrant. After securing a search warrant, the search continued and numerous items of computer media were seized. Rains was arrested on state possession of child pornography charges. Rains subsequently admitted he downloaded and possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from news groups and had been doing so for about seven years.
The forensic report, conducted by agents with the United States Secret Service, revealed over 7,000 images of child pornography. The case was subsequently referred to the United States Attorney's office for federal prosecution.
This case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office with Assistance from the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Marsha Clevenger is prosecuting this case for the United States.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to U.S. Attorney's Office combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.