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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rogers man sentenced on child porn charges

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Richard Bain, 49, of Rogers, was sentenced today to 720 months in prison and fined $25,000 in the U.S. District Court for Western Arkansas after Bain pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. He was arrested Sept. 21, 2009, after victims — one of them a boy who'd been fostered by Bain — told police he'd made nude photographs of them and abused them on a camping trip.

Press release from the Department of Justice on the jump.

Bain's conviction brings to mind the 2007 case of Brian John Bergthold of Bella Vista, who made and sold pornographic videos of four foster boys in his care. He'd told the state Department of Human Services that he wanted to give a boy a good Christian home. The fact that he had video cameras all over the house, including in his bathroom, apparently didn't strike caseworkers as odd. Bergtholdt was sentenced in 2007 to 70 years in prison.

Department of Justice
United States Attorney Deborah Groom
Western District of Arkansas
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: CHRISTOPHER PLUMLEE
October 13, 2010 PHONE: (479)783-5125
FAX: (479)441-0578
ROGERS MAN SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS
FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION CONVICTION
FAYETTEVILLE - Richard Homer Bain, 49, of Rogers, Arkansas, was sentenced today
to a total of 720 months imprisonment for production of child pornography and other offenses,
announced Deborah Groom, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Chief
United States District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren also ordered Bain to pay a fine of $25,000.00.
Bain entered a guilty plea on May 25, 2010, to two counts of a ten-count Indictment. Those two
counts charged Bain with using a minor in his custody and control to produce child pornography
with materials that were transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
Rogers Police Department Investigators were contacted by one of the victims and who
told them that Bain had taken nude photographs of him when he was a juvenile and under the
care of Bain as a foster child. The minor stated he had been forced by Bain to pose for naked
photos. He stated that on several occasions Bain took photos of him and one of his friends, both
minors at the time, swimming naked on camping trips with Bain. The victim told officers that
Bain had also sexually assaulted him and his friend while they were minors during one of these
camping trips. The victim gave investigators 47 nude photos of himself which had been taken by
Bain when he was a minor.
A search warrant was obtained and executed on September 21, 2009, at Bain’s residence
in Rogers. Officers seized a computer, a digital camera and several photos of images of child
pornography. Later that date, officers arrested Bain. A forensics examination was made of the
computer, camera and several photos of known child victims. An interview was conducted with
one of the known victims who confirmed he had also been sexually assaulted on a camping trip
with Bain when he was a minor. He identified a photo that was taken of him during the assault
on the camping trip.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to
combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by
the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child
Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state,
and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children
via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project
Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner of the Western District
of Arkansas. The case was investigated by the Rogers Police Department and Immigration and
Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
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