A Hot Springs man was arrested Thursday on 50 felony counts involving the distribution of child pornography after an investigation by Hot Springs police.
Bradley Richard Fields, 32, of 216 Rockdale Road, was taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. at his residence and charged with 50 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, each a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Fields was initially being held on $125,000 bond and appeared Friday morning via video in Garland County District Court where he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Judge Ralph Ohm set Fields’ bond at $50,000 and a felony review hearing is now set for Sept. 9 to determine if the case will be bound over to Garland County Circuit Court.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on July 10, HSPD Lt. Duane Tarbet, who is assigned as a member of the Arkansas State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was assigned a case in Hot Springs involving the distribution or possession of child pornography based on a cyber-tip generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hotline.
The tip alleged that a verified Facebook account, “Morgoogre,” whose verified owner was listed as Fields, had sent a known image of child porn using Facebook messenger on his phone on May 30, 2019, at approximately 3:20 p.m.
On July 26, Tarbet arrested Fields on an unrelated warrant for third-degree battery and noted Fields had an iPhone XR in his possession which he reportedly admitted was his phone. The phone number matched the phone number reported by the hotline tip.
Fields allegedly stated he had owned the phone since prior to May 2019 and admitted he had a Facebook page under the name “Morgoogre” and had used his cellphone and email address to register with Facebook. His phone was seized as evidence and a search warrant obtained for the visualization and extraction of information from the device. Tarbet also sent a search warrant to Facebook for account information and activity.
On Tuesday, Tarbet visually examined the phone and found a .zip file in the notes folder which allegedly contained 123 images, most of them involving child abuse and sexual material involving girls under the age of 18.
That same day, Facebook sent the requested information in a PDF folder through the Facebook for Law Enforcement webpage. The document was 2,231 pages in length and reportedly contained several photos, with at least six that Tarbet observed contained child abuse sexual material of girls under the age of 18 in violation of state and federal laws.
A warrant for Fields’ arrest was issued on Thursday.