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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 27, 2016

William Anthony Hoffa Sentenced to Serve 25 Years in Prison for Receiving, Distributing, and Possessing Child Pornography

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – William Anthony Hoffa, 29, of Newport and Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced on Oct. 24, 2016, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 300 months in federal prison.  Hoffa was also ordered to remain under supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office for the remainder of his life, comply with special sex offender conditions of supervised release, register with state sex offender registries, and pay $100 special assessment.

Hoffa pleaded guilty in July 2016 to receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography while he resided at different locations in Morristown, Tenn.  According to the plea agreement on file with U.S. District Court, he committed these offenses by electronic mail on different dates in 2014 from both an apartment in Morristown and a rented home.  When he was arrested in June 2014, Hoffa possessed additional child pornography stored on his mobile telephone, including 312 still images and four videos of child pornography.

The charges against Hoffa were the result of an investigation by the Morristown Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith, represented the United States.              

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, 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, Project Safe Childhood 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 Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 27, 2016