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Dock Edward Hoilman Sentenced To 151 Months For Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

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

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On February 9, 2024, Dock Edward Hoilman, 64, currently of Kingston, Tennessee, was sentenced to 151 months by the Honorable Katherine A. Crytzer, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

As part of the plea agreement filed with the court, Hoilman agreed to plead guilty to an indictment charging him with, one count of distribution of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2); and one count of possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252A(b)(2).  Following his incarceration, Holliman will be on ten years’ supervised release, and he will be required to register with state sex offender registries and comply with special sex offender conditions.

According to the filed plea agreement, on May 27, 2022, Hoilman, a former Y-12 IT Systems Administrator with top secret clearance, distributed child pornography videos through the internet to unknown persons.  On August 24, 2022, a search warrant was executed on his home.  Hoilman was found to be in possession of 14 images and 25 videos of child pornography.                     

U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III of the Eastern District of Tennessee; Inspector General , Teri L. Donaldson, United States Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG); and Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud, of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made the announcement. 

The criminal indictment was the result of an investigation by the DOE-OIG, HSI and 9th District Attorney General’s Office.  This investigation was led by DOE-OIG Special Agent Paul B. Gilbride and HSI Task Force Officer Cortney Duggar.  

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about PSC, please visit

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Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated February 10, 2024

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