NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 17, 2018 – David Hamilton Soderbom, 51, of Winchester, Tennessee, was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison for producing child pornography and for possessing thousands of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger also ordered Soderbom to be placed on lifetime supervision and to pay a total of $20,000 in restitution to the victims.
According to court records, in September of 2015, the FBI discovered that Soderbom had accessed an online child pornography website that was accessible only to those who were aware of its existence. After a search warrant was executed on his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, a forensic analyst determined that Soderbom had collected 3,953 images and 28 videos of child pornography, which he had stored on several computers and hard drives. The collection included depictions of young children, some of which involved sexual violence. During the investigation, agents also discovered that on three different occasions in July 2010, Soderbom had recorded sexually explicit images of a girl who was 7 years old.
Soderbom was charged on September 7, 2016 with three counts of production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography and pleaded guilty to all counts of the indictment on October 20, 2017.
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 - 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.justice.gov/psc.
This matter was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Carran Daughtrey and Henry Leventis.
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