LITTLE ROCK — A Jonesboro man was arraigned in federal court Wednesday after FBI agents claim he produced child pornography, prosecutors announced.

Justin Palmer, 41, was charged on Oct. 8 with two counts of production of child pornography and one count of attempted production of child pornography.

The federal indictment alleges that Palmer successfully got two minors to send him photos or videos of “engaged in sexually explicit conduct” and he attempted to do that same with another child, according to a press release from Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Palmer’s conduct was revealed by FBI Child Exploitation Task Force agents based in Jonesboro, said Connor Hagen, public affairs officer. The task force partners with state and local agencies to “stop child predators,” he said.

The ongoing probe is being investigated by the FBI, with the Jonesboro Police Internet Crimes Against Children Division and Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigations Company. Palmer was arrested Oct. 9.

“At this point in time, federal investigators have not identified any alleged victims in the Northeast Arkansas area,” Hagan said.

Assistant United States Attorney Allison W. Bragg will be prosecuting the case, he said.

“She’s wonderful. We’re very excited to be partnering with her and hopefully, putting Mr. Palmer away for a number of years for his alleged crimes,” he said.

The FBI is concerned during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as more children are staying home and using several cellphone applications parents may be unaware of, Hagan said. Because of this “the victim pool” has expanded for predators, he said.

“Predators lurk. They hang out there. They actively seek out minors to … abuse and obtain child pornography. It’s really sickening,” Hagan said. “If parents or other kids think they know of potential threats or potential predators that they’ve encountered, … we urge everyone to come forward.”

If convicted, Palmer faces 15 years to life imprisonment for each charge. The charges also carry a fine up to $250,000 and at least five years of supervised release.

Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney’s Office disclosed where Palmer is being held.