A Mountain View man is facing numerous felony counts after Facebook alerted authorities to the downloading of explicit images involving a child, court records report.
In a Stone County Circuit Court filing, Zachary M. Staffen-Lewis (pictured), 28, is charged with nine counts of possessing and/or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
The court information said on Nov. 16, Cpl. Jackie Stinnett, a special agent with the Arkansas State Police, received a cyber tip submitted by Facebook to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to the arrest affidavit, the tip said the Facebook user, identified as “Zachary.staffenlewis,” had violated the social media platform’s terms and conditions by uploading a sexually explicit video involving children to the Facebook Messenger app.
On that same day, Staffen-Lewis was arrested by a drug task force special agent on a valid probation and parole warrant. During the arrest, the agent seized one black Motorola Straight Talk cell phone from Staffen-Lewis and turned the phone over to Stinnett, the court info said.
Stinnett was able to copy a number of videos and still pictures off the phone’s SD card onto his Arkansas State Police computer, the affidavit said. The court information said there were three videos that were “child explicit in nature” and five images that were also child explicit in nature.
The court records said on Nov. 23, Staffen-Lewis was interviewed by officials where he told them he was chatting with someone on an application who sent the videos and images. He said he saved the files to his SD card and planned on turning them over to law enforcement, but never did, the arrest affidavit said.
There is no bond on Staffen-Lewis at this time, but the court noted it would address a bond at his next court date. He is currently in the Stone County Jail.
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