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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Carter County Mother Pleads Guilty To Performing And Photographing Sex Acts With Her Daughters

The Three Victims Were Between the Ages of Two and Eight

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday, July 28, 2014, Crystal Renee Dawn Poore, 32, of Elizabethton, Tenn., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, to three counts of production of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for 1:30 p.m., on Oct. 20, 2014.

Poore faces a minimum term of 15 years and not more than 30 years in prison on each count. Federal sentences are not subject to parole.

In July 2013 a three-count indictment, outlining these charges, was returned against Poore by a federal grand jury sitting in Greeneville, Tenn. A factual basis filed in U. S. District Court in Greeneville lays out the details of the abuse which ended with the rescue of the girls from the home by the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes again Children (ICAC) Task Force with assistance from Carter County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Department of Children Services.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian stated “While we are saddened about the abuse these children endured, we are very grateful that the dedication of the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force resulted in the crimes being detected and the children quickly rescued.”

This indictment was the result of an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department ICAC. Robert M. Reeves, 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 (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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated March 18, 2015