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Estill Springs Resident Sentenced to Serve 51 Months in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

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

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On January 3, 2018, Mark Carlton Bryant, 66, of Estill Springs, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Curtis L. Collier, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 51 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.  Additionally, Bryant was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, $5000 in restitution, and forfeit electronic equipment used in the commission of his crimes.  Upon his release from prison, U.S. Probation will supervise him for five years.


Bryant, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force, previously pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with possession of child pornography. 


U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey said, “This case is a good example of local and federal agencies working together to protect children, our most vulnerable victims. The U.S. Attorney’s office will continue to prosecute aggressively individuals who choose to possess and distribute child pornography.”


"There is no greater call in law enforcement than protecting the young and innocent," said Special Agent in Charge Renae M. McDermott, FBI, Knoxville Division. "This case is an example of our partnerships with prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies doing just that.  I want to thank all agencies involved for their commitment to rooting out those who seek to exploit children." 


Agencies involved in this investigation included the Winchester Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney James. T. Brooks 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 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         





Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer

Updated January 4, 2018

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