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Knoxville Man Sentenced To 240 Months For Transportation And Possession Of Child Pornography

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

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– On January 27, 2022, Timothy Chad Canady (Canady), 43, currently of Knoxville, was sentenced by the Honorable Katherine A. Crytzer, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville to serve 240 months in federal prison. 

As part of the plea agreement filed with the court, Canady agreed to plead guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of transportation of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A (1) and 2252A(b)(1) and one count of possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252A(b)(2).  As part of the federal sentence, following his release from federal prison, Canady will be placed on supervised release for life.  Canady will be required to register with state sex offender registry where he lives, works, or attends school and will be required to comply with special sex offender conditions during his supervised release.

According to documents filed in court and witness testimony, from November 2017 through February 2020, defendant transported child pornography in interstate commerce and possessed child pornography. Canady used social media websites to communicate with others to trade links of child pornography.  Canady used multiple phones, 15 email addresses and 14 usernames to transport and collect the child pornography.  In Canady’s possession were found 640 images and 153 videos of child pornography, including sadistic depictions portraying infants and toddlers engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Canady had been paroled in June 2015 after serving approximately 12 years on a 40-year sentence for facilitation to commit felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.     

The criminal indictment was the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. 

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States in court.

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  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources.



Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated January 28, 2022

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