LITTLE ROCK ó A North Little Rock man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to production of child pornography.

LITTLE ROCK ó A North Little Rock man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to production of child pornography.

Charles Coulter, 37, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Little Rock by Judge Brian S. Miller, said Christopher Thyer, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Thyer said North Little Rock police arrested Coulter in June 2010 after receiving a report that he had sent a sexually explicit text message to a minor. Police found an image of a nude minor on Coulterís computer and a sexually explicit photograph of a minor in his bedroom dresser, he said.

Police questioned Coulter and he admitted to having more than 100 nude photographs of a minor and to having recurrent sexual contact with the minor from October 2009 to April 2010.

Coulter was indicted in 2011 on federal charges of production of child pornography and one count possession of child pornography.

He pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography in February.

In addition to the 30-year sentence, Coulter was required to register as a sex offender, ordered not to have any contact with the minor and to undergo sex offender therapy. His sentence also includes supervision for life after his release from prison.

Thyer said Coulterís prosecution was part of Project Safe Childhood, a 2006 U.S. Department of Justice initiative aimed at combating child sexual exploitation and abuse.