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December 20, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Barton Baskette Sentenced For Child Pornography Offenses

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Barton Alden Baskette, 43, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced on December 20, 2012, to serve 151 months in prison for child pornography charges. Upon his release from prison, he will serve 10 years of supervised release. The sentence was based upon Baskette’s Mar. 28, 2012, guilty plea to a two-count information charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Thomas W. Phillips, U.S. District Judge.

Baskette came to the attention of law enforcement agents when he ordered video disks containing child pornography. Upon delivery of the disks, agents executed a search warrant at Baskette’s residence, where they recovered an additional DVD and computer equipment containing approximately 336 images and 120 videos of child pornography. Investigators later learned that he had used the Internet to obtain child pornography and to make such materials available other users.

The conviction was the result of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Units of the Knoxville Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr. represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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