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Walkertown Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Distributing a Video Depicting Animal Cruelty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina

GREENSBORO – TIMOTHY LEWIS BLACKMON was sentenced today to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to distributing an obscene video depicting animal cruelty after a multi-agency investigation, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina (MDNC).

According to court records, BLACKMON, age 45, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of knowingly selling, marking, advertising, exchanging, and distributing an obscene video depicting an animal cruelty video on July 25, 2022. In March 2022, investigators received an anonymous tip alerting them of an individual in Forsyth County selling videos of himself engaging in animal cruelty on the application “Kik.” A search warrant for BLACKMON’s mobile devices revealed multiple videos of BLACKMON engaging in animal cruelty.

BLACKMON was sentenced today to a 46-month term of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release by the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles, Chief United States District Judge in the United States District Court for the MDNC. In addition to prison time, BLACKMON was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victims of the charges listed in the indictment.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office, and the case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicole DuPré.


Updated October 31, 2023