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Johnson City man, 67, indicted on child pornography charges

May 24th, 2014 12:20 am by Matthew Lane

Johnson City man, 67, indicted on child pornography charges

GREENEVILLE — A 67-year-old Johnson City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography.

Federal prosecutors filed a one-count complaint against Ronald Randolph Radford, 1206 Buffalo St., Apt. 8, in April charging him with distribution of child pornography. A federal grand jury indicted Radford in May on that charge, along with additional charges of receipt and possession of child pornography.

According to a special agent with the FBI, on Feb. 21, 2013, a resident of Columbia, Tenn., was arrested by law enforcement for distributing child pornography via email. The resident is a registered sex offender in Tennessee.

The Columbia resident then allowed a law enforcement official to assume his identity, using his online IDs and passwords for numerous accounts, including one that had more than 300 emails sent to and from the account.

A majority of the emails contained child pornography pictures and videos, child erotica images and videos and texts indicative of an interest in child porn, according to court records.

From February 2013 to March 2014, the special agent continued to access the email account and engaged in undercover communications with several additional email accounts.

During this time, the agent received an unsolicited email with a link to a file stored on an external website.

According to court records, the file contained approximately 100 images, the majority of which contained child porn and erotica.

Federal agents then executed a search warrant on the account and found more than 2,600 emails sent to various accounts with a majority of the emails containing child porn and erotica.

Prosecutors said Radford sent an email during the course of the investigation asking, "Do you like the boy pics? Have any for me?"

A few minutes later, Radford allegedly sent four images of prepubescent and early pubescent males to the agent.

From October 2013 through February 2014, Radford reportedly sent 13 more emails of child porn images and videos to the agent, according to court records.

Radford is scheduled to go to trial in July.

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