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Adam Scott Mitchell Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Adam Scott Mitchell, 31, of Appalachia, Va., was sentenced to serve 300 months in prison by the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Judge.  Mitchell pleaded guilty in January 2015 to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the production of child pornography.

Upon his release from prison, he was ordered to remain on federal supervised release for the remainder of his life and is subject to numerous special conditions of release which restrict his access to children and the internet.

Mitchell, who was previously convicted of indecent liberties with a minor under the age of 15 in Wise County, Va.,  and violating Virginia's Sex Offender Registry Law in Scott County, Va., made movies and still images of a young child who was the daughter of his live-in girlfriend.  The movies included him engaging the child in sexual activity and other illegal sexual conduct.  He has remained in custody since his arrest in Kingsport, Tenn., in August 2014.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Mitchell was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Virginia State Police, Big Stone Gap Police Department, Johnson City Police Department, and Kingsport Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.

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 U.S. 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


Updated June 25, 2015

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