Investigators with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department have arrested a man for allegedly distributing, possessing and viewing child pornography following a two month investigation.

Mark Wayne Tinney, 41, of Conway was arrested late Wednesday night in the 500 block of Fifth Ave., following an investigation that initially led officials to the home of a 78-year-old man suffering from dementia.

According to Maj. Andy Shock, Tinney used the man’s personal information to set up an Internet account so he could download and view the child porn.

"Our investigators had been looking at the IP address of the computer that was being used to view and download the child porn images and the account information associated with the IP address was listed for a 78-year-old gentleman," Shock said. "When the investigators spoke with the gentleman, he told them that he had a man that came into his home to help pay bills and care for him, who had access to his personal information."

When the investigators were given the man’s address, they discovered that someone on probation was living at the residence, so they contacted a parole and probation officer and initiated a home study. At that time, they spoke with Tinney’s brother who stated that he was not the one looking at child porn, but did share the residence with Tinney.

When the investigators made contact with Tinney, he admitted to owning a computer that matched the make and model of the computer investigators had been monitoring and then admitted to having the child porn on his system.

"When Tinney was asked if he had child pornography images on his computer, he admitted that he did, but he told our investigators that he wasn’t addicted to child porn," Shock said. "The suspect told our investigators that ‘he was addicted to the illegalness’ of having the images on his computer."

Tinney has been charged with three counts of distributing, possessing and viewing child pornography, with numerous more charges expected to be filed as investigators continue to search his computer.

Tinney also told investigators that he volunteers with a youth group at a local area church.

Shock said that he is proud of the investigators for following up on the leads and following the trail when the facts didn’t make any sense.

"This group was very thorough and I am proud of them," he said. "They didn’t stop digging when the facts didn’t make sense in this case. They followed through to where the infraction came from and the suspect confessed because of their efforts."

Shock also had a warning to people that continue to distribute and possess child pornography.

"I don’t understand why people continue to do this when they know we are out there, waiting for them," he said. "However, we will continue to be out there and we will continue to work to make sure that these people are put in jail."

Tinney remains in custody at the Faulkner County Detention Center on a $35,000 bond.

(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at candie.beck@thecabin.net)