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PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. There are five essential components to Project Safe Childhood: (1) building partnerships; (2) coordinating law enforcement; (3) training PSC partners; (4) public awareness; and (5) accountability.

Unfortunately, the threat against our children is growing. In February 2010, the Department, working with the National Drug Intelligence Center, completed a year long and first of its kind threat assessment of the magnitude of child exploitation. The result of this assessment reports a disturbing trend showing increases, and in some instances significant increases, in all types of child sexual exploitation, including: (1) child pornography; (2) online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) commercial sexual exploitation of children; and (4) child sex tourism.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee is committed to the safety and well-being of our children and has placed a high priority on protecting and combating sexual exploitation of minors. Recently we received an additional position to help prosecute these crimes in our District. Some examples of the types of cases brought by our office through the Project Safe Childhood initiative include:

  • Jimmy Rollins, 45, of Palmer, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 300 months in federal prison, five years supervised release and a $100 special assessment, by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., U.S. District Judge. Rollins pleaded guilty in February 2013 to production of child pornography.
  • Brandon Lee Laferty, 27, of Sullivan County, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 30 months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender. Upon his release from prison, Laferty will serve 15 years on supervised release.
  • Jeffery Lee Stock, 44, of Newport, Tenn., was sentenced on February 27, 2013, to serve 46 months in prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Stock previously pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with interstate travel and failure to register as a convicted sex offender.
  • 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.

For more information about the Project Safe Childhood Program please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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