Ron Sean Arter Jr – Repeat Sex Offender – Sentenced to 10 years

A 29-year-old Redding man who used a digital camera hidden in a book to secretly film under girls’ skirts was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison.

Ron Sean Arter was sentenced after pleading guilty in September to possession of child pornography and violating his supervised release condition, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Arter was convicted in 2002 of possession and transportation of child pornography and sentenced to 33 months in prison, U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutors said.

He began a three-year term of supervised release in 2004.

His release included conditions that required him to not commit another criminal offense, possess pornographic material or use a computer to access the Internet, prosecutors said.

In 2006, however, Arter was arrested by Redding police after they discovered that he used a concealed camera to film underneath the skirt of an 11-year-old girl inside a Redding store.

Police said that he also secretly filmed women and girls, including a 9-year-old, at several locations in Redding, including the Mt. Shasta Mall, a toy store and at the candy section of a department store.

In addition, police said, he used his girlfriend’s laptop computer to download and possess child pornography from the Internet.

Arter was indicted last year by a federal grand jury on the child pornography possession and supervised release violation.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Redding Police Department.

U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutors said that the case was the product of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative that increases federal prosecutions of violent sexual predators of children.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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