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Friday, September 3, 2010

Department of Justice

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


CARTER COUNTY RESIDENT DANNY RAY GIBSON SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

GREENEVILLE, Tenn.--Danny Ray Gibson, 46, of Carter County, Tennessee, was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, on September 2, 2010, to 16 years (192 months) in prison by the Honorable Ronnie Greer. The sentence was the result of his February 5, 2010, guilty plea to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography. Gibson, who has remained in federal custody since his indictment, was also ordered to remain on federal supervised release for the remainder of his life, ordered to register as a sex offender, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Gibson was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. He responded to an undercover online request for child pornography and his computer yielded thousands of images of children engaged in sexual abuse.

Assistant United States Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Public Safe Childhood (PSC), a Department 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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