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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Department of Justice

Acting United States Attorney Gregg L. Sullivan Eastern District of Tennessee


McMINNVILLE RESIDENT TRAVIS KING SENTENCED TO 54 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn -- Travis King, 33, of McMinnville, Tennessee, was sentenced today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, at Chattanooga, to 54 months in prison and lifetime supervision. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea entered by King on December 16, 2009, to an information charging him with possessing material that contained images of child pornography which had been transported in interstate commerce by means of a computer.

The information filed on King was the result of an investigation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The TBI received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a certain computer had acquired images of child pornography. The TBI traced the computer to King’s home in McMinnville, Tennessee. A search warrant was obtained and executed at his residence on September 13, 2009. Forensic analysis of King’s computer revealed numerous images of child pornography that had traveled in interstate commerce on the Internet. Upon interview King confessed that he knowingly possessed images of child pornography on his computer.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, tribal 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 visit ProjectSafeChildhood.gov.

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