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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dickson County Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Pornography

Defendant Was On State Probation for Prior Offense

Dustin S. Sharp, 32, of Dickson, Tennessee pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to Receipt of Child Pornography, announced David Rivera, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to the plea agreement, Sharp was on probation for a June 2007 conviction in state court for sexual exploitation of a child when he was again discovered to be trading child pornography on the Internet in 2009.  Some of the 765 images and 14 videos discovered during the investigation involved the sexual exploitation of very young children and violence. 

Receipt of child pornography carries a minimum mandatory sentence of fifteen years in prison when it is a repeat offense.  Sharp is scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Joseph Haynes, Jr. on September 16, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.

This matter was investigated by the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Carran Daughtrey.

Updated March 19, 2015