GREENEVILLE — Two Northeast Tennessee men have pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and face at least a five-year prison sentence later this year.
Troy Dotson of Morristown and John Maneval of Bean Station were charged in separate indictments in U.S. District Court in Greeneville back in April. The two men pleaded guilty on June 10 and are scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 18.
Maneval was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of child pornography. Dotson faced a three-count indictment charging him with possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography. Dotson pleaded guilty to the distribution charge and under the plea agreement, the remaining charges will be dismissed at sentencing.
Dotson faces a minimum prison sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years, along with a maximum fine of $250,000 and to be on supervised release for life. Maneval faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release for life.
According to court records, Maneval pawned a laptop computer at Hoot’s Pawn Shop in Morristown in May 2012 where the employees soon after discovered had images of child pornography on the hard drive. The authorities were then contacted and Maneval eventually arrested.
As for Dotson, the plea agreement states he used Limewire — a free, peer-to-peer file sharing program — to search for and download child pornography. In July 2012, Dotson sent a video of child pornography to an undercover detective at the Morristown Police Department.
In subsequent detention hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman ordered both men held in custody pending trial, noting at the time of their arrest, Dotson was in possession of 505 videos and 1,302 images of child pornography while Maneval tested positive for cocaine and benzodiazepines.