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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crystal Renee Dawn Poore Sentence To 27 Years In Prison For Photographing Sex Acts With Her Daughters

The Three Victims Were Between the Ages of Two and Eight

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Nov.10, 2014, Crystal Renee Dawn Poore, 32, of Elizabethton, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 27 years in federal prison by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, for three counts of production of child pornography. Upon her release from prison, she will be on supervised release for the remainder of her life.

In July 2013 a three-count indictment outlining these charges was returned against Poore by a federal grand jury sitting in Greeneville, Tenn. Poore pleaded guilty in July 2014 to all three counts. A factual basis on file with the U. S. District Court in Greeneville describes 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, “This lengthy sentence is a deterrent to others. This defendant will no longer harm these children, nor any others. Because of the dedication and investigative skills of the Knoxville Police Department ICAC, the crimes were 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