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Bean Station paramedic sentenced in federal child pornography case

Matthew Lane • Aug 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM

GREENEVILLE — A 44-year-old Bean Station man who distributed child pornography via Facebook and Kik has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Donnie Taylor, a paramedic and small business owner, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Tuesday. In addition to the 168-month prison sentence, Taylor was ordered to be on supervised release for life.

According to court records, Taylor was indicted in January on three charges: distribution and possession of child pornography and access with the intent to view child pornography. In March, he agreed to plead guilty to the distribution charge.

The plea agreement states that in June of last year Taylor sent three child porn images to a female friend via Facebook, which reported the images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and shut down Taylor’s account.

In September, Homeland Security observed Taylor in a Kik chat room called “Tabu Moms.” Kik is an instant messaging program for smartphones. A special agent then began a private conversation with Taylor, who then sent several messages containing child pornography.

According to court records, Taylor admitted to the special agent that he liked girls, specifically those under the age of 13, and that he had a fantasy about a mother and a daughter. Taylor claimed he had been with young girls, court records state.

In late October, an officer with the Morristown Police Department spoke to Taylor about his Facebook account, specifically the child porn images. Taylor admitted sending them, but said he thought the pictures were of adults.

A month later when federal agents attempted to serve a search warrant on his phone, Taylor admitted it had been destroyed soon after his interview with the Morristown officer.

In a sentencing memorandum filed by his attorney, Taylor said he was raised by his mother with no assistance from his father. At the hands of his mother, Taylor said he suffered both psychological and sexual abuse.

“The psychological abuse has haunted him his entire life,” court records state.

Taylor, who was diagnosed as bipolar in November 2017, said he firmly believes he was addicted to pornography on the Internet. Taylor said in court records he had absolutely nothing to do with the production of child pornography and only downloaded three to five images from sites which he believed to be legal.

However, according to court documents, Taylor admitted to being logged into the group chat on Kik for eight straight days and during that time not only did he make specific requests, but he also posted his own images of child porn.

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