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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thomas Allan Scarbrough Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - On May 17, 2017, Thomas Allan Scarbrough, 46, of Rockwood, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Leon Jordan, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 70 months in prison for possession of child pornography. Upon his release from prison, Scarbrough will serve 10 years under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office. Additionally, pursuant to the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, he will be required to register as a sex offender anywhere he resides, is employed, or is a student.


Following an undercover investigation, a federal search warrant was obtained to seize computers in Scarbrough’s possession. A forensic examination of his computer revealed that he possessed a large cache of digital child pornography that he had downloaded from the Internet. In addition to his prison sentence and supervised release outlined above, Judge Jordan ordered Scarbrough to forfeit his computer and pay $4,500.00 to the victims whose images were found on the computer.


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 Attorneys’ 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.”


The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Morris represented the United States.



Project Safe Childhood
Sharry Dedman-Beard Public Information Officer 865-225-1671
Updated May 18, 2017