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Johnson County man to plead guilty in Dropbox child porn case

Matthew Lane • Sep 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM

GREENEVILLE — A 42-year-old Laurel Bloomery man who had hundreds of child pornography videos stored in an online file hosting service has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Michael Dugger was named in a three-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in March. He was charged with receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography. Earlier this month, Dugger agreed to plead guilty to the distribution charge.

He faces a minimum of five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Once out of prison, Dugger will be on supervised release from five years to life.

According to the plea agreement, from July 2016 through January 2017, Dugger uploaded 54 videos of child pornography to Dropbox — an online file hosting service. Prosecutors say the videos included prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity.

Dropbox disclosed the files and information about Dugger’s account to federal agents, who subsequently interviewed him about the matter. According to court records, Dugger’s email address was Bigdaddy40000 and he created the Dropbox account in August 2014.

Federal agents say the account included 48 images and 228 videos of underage children, and the files contained depictions of sadomasochism, bestiality and infants.

Dugger told federal agents he used his cell phone to access the Internet and admitted to viewing every video and image in his Dropbox account. Dugger also shared the child pornography with a person he met on Kik — an instant mobile messenger app.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.

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