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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Todd Adam Rigney Sentenced To 16 Years In Federal Prison For Distribution Of Child Pornography

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Sept. 8, 2014, Todd Adam Rigney, 44, of Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 200 months in prison by the Honorable Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge.

Upon his release from prison, Rigney will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for the remainder of his life. He will also be subject to numerous special conditions of release which restrict his access to children and the internet. He has remained in custody since January 2014.

Rigney pleaded guilty in May 2014 to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with the distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. He received and distributed the child pornography from his home in Morristown, Tenn.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Rigney was the result of an investigation conducted by the Morristown Police Department and Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Updated March 18, 2015