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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 16, 2018

McKenzie Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

Jackson, TN – On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, after two days of trial Nathan Adams, 36, pleaded guilty to production and attempted production of child pornography. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced the guilty plea today.

The proof presented at trial showed Adams surreptitiously recorded videos of a 13-year-old minor female in various stages of undress, including fully nude. Adams filmed some of the videos from outside the minor’s home filming through a hole in the window blinds. On other occasions, Adams hid the recording device inside the minor’s bedroom or bathroom. Adams was reported to law enforcement after the minor’s mother discovered the recording device and the explicit videos of her daughter.

On the second day of trial, as the videos that Adams recorded were being played for the jury, Adams advised the Court that he wished to plead guilty to the charges against him. Adams faces a mandatory minimum 15 years of imprisonment. Sentencing is set for November 20, 2018 before U.S. District Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, “Production of child pornography victimizes, harms, and exploits vulnerable children in a horrific way, and must be met with significant consequences. Under our Project Safe Childhood initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will bring the full resources of the federal government to bear in order to protect children in the Western District of Tennessee.”

This case was investigated by the McKenzie Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.justice.goc/psc. For more about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.

This case was investigated by the McKenzie Police Department; Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kasey Weiland and Debra L. Ireland are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Updated August 16, 2018