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Monday, April 26, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn — David Donovan, 32, of Maryville, Tennessee, was arrested today in Maryville, Tennessee, by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. During an initial appearance this afternoon before the Honorable C. Clifford Shirley, United States Magistrate Judge, Donovan entered a plea of not guilty as to all charges.

A hearing has been scheduled for April 29, 2010, to determine whether Donovan will be released pending trial. The trial is scheduled for June 30, 2010, before the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, United States District Judge.

The details of the charges are set forth in the indictment, which is attached to this press release and is filed as a public record in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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