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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bristol Resident Sentenced to Serve 235 Months in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Production

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Oct. 26, 2016, David Earl Taylor, 50, of Bristol, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 235 months in federal prison.  Taylor was also ordered to remain under supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office for the remainder of his life, to comply with special sex offender conditions of supervised release, to register with state sex offender registries, pay $100 special assessment, and pay restitution to the victim of his offense.

Taylor pleaded guilty in April 2016 to producing child pornography while he resided in Bristol, Tenn.  According to the plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court, Taylor used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce child pornography in 2014. 

Agencies involved in this investigation included the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Helen Smith, Assistant U.S. Attorney 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, 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


Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 27, 2016