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Piney Flats man gets maximum sentence in child porn case

August 16th, 2013 7:25 am by Matthew Lane

Piney Flats man gets maximum sentence in child porn case

GREENEVILLE — A Piney Flats man has received the maximum possible prison sentence for possessing more than 3,500 images of child pornography, a federal judge has ruled.

Patrick Shane O’Ferrall received the maximum 120-month prison sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Thursday.

According to court records, O’Ferrall was indicted in April 2012 on one count of possession of child pornography and pleaded guilty to the charge in September 2012.

Prosecutors say the investigation of O’Ferrall began after his arrest for domestic violence, where his wife discovered numerous CDs and DVDs containing child pornography. Law enforcement seized a laptop computer, 10 external hard drives, three video cameras, two digital cameras and a cell phone.

A forensic evaluation of O’Ferrall’s computer hard drives revealed 3,560 images of child pornography, including images of babies being raped, bondage and bestiality.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors say a review of the DVDs seized from O’Ferrall’s residence revealed 38 videos of child pornography, some of which exceeded an hour in length.

“(O’Ferrall) not only collected child pornography, but sexually molested at least two minor children over the course of several years,” court records state. “(O’Ferrall) recorded some of these events with a video recorder.”

Prosecutors argued for the maximum sentence in the case and pointed out in the sentencing memorandum, had O’Ferrall been prosecuted for producing child pornography, he would be facing a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Upon his release from prison, O’Ferrall will be subject to supervised release under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for the remainder of his life. O’Ferrall was also ordered to pay restitution to a victim, whose image was among the child pornography depictions.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of O’Ferrall included the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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