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Johnson City man sentenced to 10 years on child porn charges

January 23rd, 2007 8:45 pm by Matthew Lane



GREENEVILLE - A Johnson City man found in possession of more than 17,500 images and 535 videos of child pornography received a 10-year prison sentence Monday.


John K. Foster II appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Monday and was sentenced to 120 months in prison and probation for life. Foster, who pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession of child pornography, faced a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.


Foster is the third of four men to be sentenced on child pornography charges stemming from an investigation last May by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The NCMEC received several cyber tip reports about suspected child pornography images uploaded to a Yahoo Photos Web page.


An investigation determined that Craig L. Bevil of Kingsport was the owner of the Web page and Foster was posting child pornography to the Internet.


Federal agents conducted a search of Foster's residence in July 2006, where he admitted to having 24 compact discs containing images of a variety of child pornography. Foster also admitted to sending the images and links to the images over the Internet.


The Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit examined Foster's computer and found more than 17,500 images and 535 videos of child pornography. Most of the images and videos were of prepubescent children, with some being as young as infants.


In addition, there were sadomasochistic images of children saved on the computer and the compact discs in Foster's possession.


"Foster admitted the more you got the more you wanted ... (and) maintained he had no sexual preference for children, but was just curious," court records state.


Federal agents also searched Bevil's residence in April, and he admitted to belonging to approximately 10 Yahoo groups through which he received child pornography. Bevil also admitted to trading on the Internet in order to receive additional child pornography images.


A forensic examination of Bevil's computer found 107 images of child pornography, with images of boys under the age of 12 and some depicting violence.


"Bevil admitted knowing that child pornography images are wrong to have but maintained he didn't know they were illegal to look at and didn't know the seriousness of the consequences," court documents state.


Bevil pleaded guilty in August to receipt of child pornography. In December, a federal judge sentenced Bevil to 327 months (27 years and three months) in prison and to be on supervised release for life.


Based on his criminal history, Bevil faced 15 to 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


The other two men charged last May on child pornography charges were Joseph Taylor of Greeneville and Jimmy Sprague of Kingsport.


In November, Taylor received a 97-month (eight years and one month) prison sentence on a charge of possessing a computer containing an image of child pornography.


According to court documents, Taylor was identified as having purchased material from a child pornographic Web site during "Project Watchdog" - an investigation involving the distribution of child pornography.


According to court documents, Taylor, who shared a residence with his mother, admitted to searching and downloading thousands of pictures and videos of child pornography since 2001. Federal agents discovered more than 600 images and 150 video clips of child pornography on two computers owned by Taylor.


Taylor said his desires were "dark" and "wrong" but maintained he has never touched or hurt a child. Taylor said he realizes now that the children in the pictures and videos were victims and that he had re-victimized them by looking at and downloading the images.


Taylor also admitted to charging more than $2,000 on his credit card for purchases of child pornography.


"I may be a pedophile, but I'm not a child molester," court records quote Taylor as saying.


Sprague has been charged with receiving child pornography via a computer and possession of a computer containing an image of child pornography. If convicted, Sprague faces 15 to 40 years in prison on count one and up to 10 years in prison on count two.


A trial date for Sprague has not been scheduled.


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