KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knox County man will spend 16 years in prison after he was pled guilty to distributing thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
Knox County investigators said they found over 2,000 images and videos including images and videos of infants and toddlers being raped and and sadistic and masochistic acts towards infants on the computer of Derrick Glenn Johnson, 29. Johnson pled guilty to aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts off sexual exploitation of a minor. Under the terms of the agreement he must serve the full sixteen year sentence.
“The most vulnerable victims we encounter are children,” said Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen. “In addition to being victimized during the production of child pornography, each time an image of child pornography is viewed or downloaded, that child is further victimized. Unfortunately, child pornographers exist in our community, but they should expect to receive lengthy prison sentences when caught.”
In a plea hearing on April 2016, Assistant District Attorney Joanie Stewart, said Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force launched an undercover investigation. After investigators were able to download 135 child pornography files using peer-to-peer software from the IP address for Johnson’s computer, they obtained a search warrant for his 2340 Washington Avenue residence.
On June 9, 2015 they searched Johnson’s home and founds several computers and electronic storage devices with the images and videos.