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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Former Fort Campbell Soldier & Wife Sentenced To Federal Prison For Child Pornography Crimes

NASHVILLE – Kara Adkins, 38, and Robert Adkins, 42, both of Clarksville, Tennessee, were sentenced yesterday to federal prison for child pornography crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Kara Adkins was sentenced to 260 months in prison and Robert Adkins was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  The Court also ordered Kara Adkins to be placed on supervised release for 10 years and Robert Adkins for eight years. Both were indicted in January 2018 for conspiracy to produce child pornography and other related charges and pleaded guilty in October 2021.  Kara Adkins pleaded guilty to production, transportation, and possession of child sexual abuse material. Robert Adkins pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child sexual abuse material.

According to court records, Kara Adkins and Robert Adkins used a texting application to communicate with each other while Kara Adkins lived in the Middle District of Tennessee and Robert Adkins was deployed overseas. Both defendants discussed engaging in sexual activity with five different children that they had access to at various times. The chats, which included discussions of prior, current, and future sexual abuse of the children, were detailed and explicit. The chats were extensive and amounted to hundreds of pages. During these discussions, Kara Adkins sent Robert Adkins numerous images of her sexually abusing a young child. After receiving those images, Robert Adkins requested more explicit images of the child and discussed his desire to engage in additional sexual exploitation of children.

The sexual abuse material depicted infants, toddlers, and prepubescent children. Kara Adkins was found to be in possession of several hundred images of child sexual abuse, and Robert Akins was found to be in possession of approximately 92 images of the same.

According to Court documents, Robert Adkins was subsequently discharged from the United States Army due to his involvement in this conduct. 

This matter was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Daughtrey prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
David Boling Public Affairs Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated August 11, 2022