JONESBORO — A Greene County man was released Tuesday on a $50,000 bond following an investigation into child porn uploaded to social media last fall.

In late September 2020, the Jonesboro Police Department’s High Tech Crimes Unit received a state police tip containing a collection of information from Snapchat, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The photo uploaded on Sept. 20 by Eric Counts, 39, of Paragould, depicted two underaged females performing oral sex on an adult male, the sworn document read. There was no note on the affidavit identifying the man or the girls in the image.

The cyber tip was initially submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which was then forwarded to Arkansas State Police, Detective Kelsey Chism wrote. Snapchat also provided Counts’ account information, including his user name, email address, date of birth and phone number.

The suspect’s cellphone number was processed through an online investigative system and revealed it indeed belonged to Counts, the affidavit read.

Counts was arrested early Tuesday morning on a bench warrant and released from the Craighead County Detention Center in the evening, records show.

District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Wednesday to charge Counts with distributing, possession or viewing matter depicting sexual conduct involving a child – a Class C felony punishable by three to 10 years in an Arkansas Department of Corrections facility.

Records didn’t indicate if a no-contact order was enacted as part of his pre-trial release barring Counts from being around children under the age of 18 years old.

The suspect is due before a judge at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.

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