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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dakota Weaver Sentenced To 144 Months In Prison For Child Pornography Offenses

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- On November 3, 2015, Dakota Destry Weaver, 20, of Clinton, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to serve 144 months in prison as a result of his conviction for receipt and possession of child pornography. Following his release from prison, Weaver will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a term of 20 years and will be required to register with the sex offender registry in any state in which he resides, works, or attends school.

Weaver pleaded guilty in June 2015 to federal charges stemming from an undercover investigation into trading child pornography on the Internet. A forensic examination of Weaver’s computer revealed that he had collected 1106 still images and 78 videos of child pornography.

This investigation was conducted by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Morris 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 4, 2015