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

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fayetteville Man Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Thomas Kandziorski, 62, of Fayetteville, Tenn., was sentenced on Dec. 16, 2013, to serve 30 months in prison by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., U.S. District Judge. Kandzioski was also ordered to complete 15 years of supervised release upon his release from prison and pay a $100 Special Assessment fee. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Kandziorski pleaded guilty in August 2013, to an information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department at Kandziorski’s residence and a computer, a camera, and several other electronic storage devices were seized. Some of those devices were found to contain images of child pornography. Kandziorski admitted to law enforcement that he was aware of the sexually explicit images of child pornography stored on these devices.

The successful prosecution of Kandziorski was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and Winchester Police Department, who took the lead role in this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Terra L. Bay and John MacCoon represented the United States.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, William C. Killian stated, “This is yet another example of the hard work and partnership between the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to protect the children of our District and prosecute the predators who endanger them.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, 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 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 sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

Updated March 18, 2015