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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


KENT HOLCOMBE SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIME

Formerly taught at Jonesborough Middle School

GREENEVILLE, Tenn-- Anthony Kent Holcombe, 42, of Jonesborough, Tennessee was sentenced to 144 months imprisonment, supervised release for life, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment in the United States District Court for the Eastern 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 Holcombe on August 10, 2009, to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography. Holcombe pled guilty to the receipt of child pornography.

Holcombe was employed by the Washington County Schools System for seventeen years, most recently as a reading teacher and track and field coach at the Jonesborough Middle School. He resigned his position shortly before he was indicted. The indictment and subsequent conviction of Holcombe was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented by Helen Smith, Assistant United States Attorney. Holcombe has remained in federal custody since his initial appearance on the charges on April 29, 2009.

James R. “Russ” Dedrick, United States Attorney noted that the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Office will remain vigilant in protecting children from sexual exploitation. “Those who participate in the sharing of child sexual abuse movies and pictures feed the industry, which expands to meet the demand. Child pornographers who place themselves in school environments present a special threat to children, the most vulnerable members of our society.”

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 the 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 www.projectsafechildhood.com.

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