On May 23, 2016, an arrest was made on 23 year old James Lee Snurr of Baxter County, Arkansas, for computer child pornography involving a 14 year old female. Snurr who is on current probation supervision was located and arrested at his residence in Baxter County, with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.
The investigation into the matter led to the discovery of evidence of inappropriate pictures and solicitation of the child. Interviews that were conducted with Snurr substantiated the evidence obtained.
Snurr was transported to the Boone County Jail where he is currently being held on a $50,000.00 bond and a White Warrant for Probation Violation from the Department of Community Corrections.
Sheriff Mike Moore would like to stress to parents to closely monitor children’s internet and phone use. Below are guidelines issued by the Arkansas Attorney General’s office:
“Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to all Arkansans to protect children from these online predators:
- Think twice about posting pictures of children online, especially photos of children that show a lot of skin.
- Remember that status updates, photos and videos posted on social networks are permanent and once the user posts, it is out of their control, and you do not know where it will end up. Consider purchasing cell phone monitoring services from your provider to monitor your child’s mobile devices.
- Just as children are taught to use strong privacy settings, adults should use the strictest settings that are available to prevent unwanted individuals from seeing images of their children. For example, on Facebook, one of the available privacy settings requires explicit permission from the account holder before he or she can be tagged in a post or picture.
- Monitor social media posts from friends to ensure they are not posting photos of your loved ones that could be stolen by people with sinister motives and end up in the hands of a child predator. Many social media platforms allow users to submit complaints regarding problematic posts and to request deletion of posts.
Attorney General Rutledge reports that these photos, along with social media posts and texts, are also often used to breakdown young children’s inhibitions to make them more comfortable with the inappropriate behavior. Adults must remember though that if a child comes into contact with an online predator, it is not the child’s fault – the child is the victim.“