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Monday, February 8, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


SECOND-TIME CHILD PORNOGRAPHER RECEIVES 235-MONTH SENTENCE

Bobby Howard Cook guilty of receipt of child pornography

GREENEVILLE, Tenn-- Bobby Howard Cook, 56, of Johnson City, Tennessee was sentenced to 235 months of imprisonment today in the United States District Court for the Eastesrn District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, United States District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Cook on September 21, 2009 to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the receipt of child pornography.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Cook was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Cook was convicted of the same offense in 1997 and received a 33-month sentence at that time. Under the applicable federal statute, Cook faced a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years and a maximum sentence of forty years imprisonment. In addition, the Court ordered Cook to remain on federal supervised release for the remainder of his life and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Court. Cook has prior Hamblen County court convictions for aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery of a child and a Washington County conviction for indecent exposure. Cook has remained in federal custody since his arrest on July 9, 2009.

James R. “Russ” Dedrick, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, noted that “Studies demonstrate that addiction to child pornography is an incurable problem with a high rate of recidivism. Congress has created enhanced penalties for repeat child sex offenders who prey upon children, the most vulnerable members of society. Our office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue to pursue such predators with every law enforcement tool available.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen Smith as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood program.

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