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Bruceton Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – Carl Goodson Ragsdale, 58, of Bruceton, Tennessee, has been sentenced to 12 years for 
distribution, possession, and receipt of child pornography. Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney, 
announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, in October 2018, Tumblr, Inc., a social networking 
website, reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) a cyper tip 
about apparent child pornography activity on a blog called "sweetbabygirlsdaddy." Tumblr provided 
an email address and IP address for the account and disabled the account. The IP address geolocated 
to Bruceton, Tennessee. To assist with the investigation, NCMEC forwarded the tip to local law 
enforcement. The Martin Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators 
identified Carl Goodson Ragsdale, of Bruceton, Tennessee, as the owner and user of the account.

FBI special agents interviewed Ragsdale, who admitted that he used the Tumblr account 
"sweetbabygirlsdaddy" to receive and post images, including sexually explicit images of 
prepubescent girls. He admitted that he also used a cloud storage site to receive sexually explicit 
images of prepubescent children. He told agents that he "constantly" accessed child pornography on 
the internet and that he thought about sexual intercourse with women and children "all the time."

Agents reviewed Ragsdale's cell phone and tablet computer and found over 600 images of child sex 
abuse and graphic sexually explicit conversations about the children in some of those images of 
child sex abuse.

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz said: “Thanks to proactive and significant cooperation between 
our office and local and federal law enforcement partners, this defendant was
brought to justice for his abhorrent crimes.”

On May 16, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Ragsdale, charging 
him with distribution, possession, and receipt of child pornography. He pled guilty to the charges 
on March 25, 2022.

On October 4, United States Chief District Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Ragsdale to 144 
months imprisonment, to be followed by lifetime supervised release. Ragsdale must also register as 
a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Martin 
Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Delery prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Contact Public Information Officer Cherri Green at (901) 544-4231 or Follow 
@WDTNNews on Twitter for office news and updates

Updated April 19, 2023