A Faulkner County judge continued a case against a former Conway police officer facing child pornography charges.
Dustin O’Dell, 33, of Greenbrier was arrested and charged with four counts of child porn in November 2015. He is currently free on a $5,000 bond.
Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. granted the defense’s request for more time to have an expert review evidence in O’Dell’s case.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jordan Crews did not object to defense attorney J. Blake Hendrix’s request.
"[The defense is] kind of in the same situation as Mr. [Noel] Campbell; [they’re] using the same expert," Crews said, noting the forensics expert needed more time to review both cases.
Noel Campbell, who is a former University of Central Arkansas professor, also faces child pornography charges. His attorney, Jeffrey Rosenzweig, has told the court he plans to have an expert review evidence against Campbell. Campbell, who faces 310 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting child sex, is currently free on a $25,000 bond.
Clawson moved O’Dell’s next pretrial to March 22.
O’Dell resigned from the Conway Police Department following an internal administrative inquiry to child porn allegation against him. He worked as a Conway police officer for about two and a half years before resigning in September 2015.
He was arrested Nov. 2, 2015, following a months-long investigation. He has pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a repairman at Luyet Computer Co. in Conway found the images and videos in question after O’Dell had brought his computer to the store Sept. 5, saying the computer hadn’t worked in a few years.
The repairman found that the hard drive was intact and told O’Dell he could remove the items from his computer, re-install Windows and place the information back on the computer, according to the affidavit.
During the CPD’s investigation of O’Dell’s laptop, subfolders labeled "Young," "Beast" and "Asian" were found. O’Dell told investigators he did not know how the child pornography and bestiality videos got on his computer and said he used LimeWire to download adult porn.
LimeWire is a free peer-to-peer file-sharing program.
The investigator "told O’Dell that it was possible to download child porn unknowingly using that type of service but that the videos in question were in a subfolder labeled ‘Young’ and the three confirmed child videos were in that folder," the affidavit states.
O’Dell later told investigators he believed the photos and videos were accidentally downloaded onto his computer by his sister, the affidavit states.
His sister told investigators she found some floppy disks at her house and "used Dustin’s computer to open the disks instead of using her own" and found "hundreds of images" on the disks.
Investigators noted O’Dell’s story and his sister’s story did not match up and then asked about explicit sexual stories found on O’Dell’s hard drive, according to the affidavit. O’Dell "denied knowing anything about those."
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