Melbourne man sentenced on child exploitation charges


An Izard County man has been sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction on child exploitation charges, according to a statement from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Steven Eldridge, 64, of Melbourne, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing, distributing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Eldridge was arrested earlier this year after a search was executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. (See original story here.) Attorneys from the attorney general’s office were appointed as special deputy prosecutors by 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer. Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Eldridge in Izard County Circuit Court.

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