A Russellville man has been charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography. 

Steven R. Swanson, 20, currently a student at the University of Central Arkansas, has been charged by 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden with 588 counts of possessing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

On March 14, the University of Central Arkansas Police Department was alerted that Swanson may have been in possession of and utilizing numerous items of child pornography, and officers moved to make contact with Swanson and secure the suspected pornographic materials. The Arkansas State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was contacted to assist UCAPD to determine the exact number of pictures, movies and other viewing materials in Swanson’s possession.

UCA Police took Swanson into custody on Monday after the investigation progressed to the point that Vaden determined that charges should be filed. Swanson was arraigned on Wednesday in Faulkner County Circuit Court, and Circuit Judge David Reynolds set his bond at $10,000. 

Vaden stated that additional charges could be filed since the investigation is continuing. 

"The UCA Police Department did a wonderful job of moving quickly and deliberately to make certain that these materials could not be destroyed or concealed and to find the person responsible," Vaden said.