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Knoxville Resident Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On September 24, 2018, Dean Alan Treadway, 71, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 120 months in prison for possessing child pornography.  Upon his release from prison, Treadway will be supervised by U.S. Probation for life and be required to register as a sex offender.  He will also forfeit property used to commit the offense.

Treadway pleaded guilty in February 2018 to possession of child pornography. According to documents on file with the U.S. District Court, an investigator with the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) received a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) indicating that Treadway was involved in the exchange of child pornography. During the course of the investigation, ICAC Investigators learned that Treadway was a registered sex offender due to a 2006 conviction of possession of child pornography in United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee. The ICAC executed a federal search warrant at Treadway's residence, which led to the discovery of multiple computers and electronic devices that were later determined to contain images and videos of child pornography.

This investigation was conducted by the Knoxville Police Department ICAC in conjunction with the FBI, Knoxville Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bart Slabbekorn represented the United States in court proceedings.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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, PSC 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 PSC, please visit



Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer

Updated September 24, 2018

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