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Guilty plea in child porn case nets ex-NFS executive five years in prison

May 22nd, 2012 6:30 am by Brad Hicks

  Guilty plea in child porn case nets ex-NFS executive five years in prison

GREENEVILLE — A retired Navy captain and former executive at the Nuclear Fuel Services facility in Erwin who previously pleaded guilty to knowing receipt of child pornography was sentenced to serve the next five years in prison at a sentencing hearing held Monday in U.S. District Court. Timothy Edward Lindstrom was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer. Lindstrom was also sentenced to a $15,000 fine and to lifetime supervision following his prison release. He must also register as a sex offender.

On Dec. 6, Lindstrom entered a written plea agreement to an information after waiving his right to indictment. According to the plea agreement document filed on that date in U.S. District Court, Lindstrom, utilizing computers in his Jonesborough home, purchased a monthly subscription to an online newsgroup and installed a newsgroup reader program and search engine for newsgroups. The plea agreement document said this allowed Lindstrom to search for and receive files from other computer users via the Internet and, from January 2006 through February 2011, Lindstrom used the newsgroup software to download images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Lindstrom used search terms associated with child pornography, according to the plea agreement document.

“When he located and received images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the defendant downloaded the images and saved them to electronic folders labeled with the screen name of the child depicted or the Internet source of the images,” the plea agreement document states.

Lindstrom was employed at NFS from fall 2006 to fall 2010. His title when he left the company was vice president of operations.

According to a sentencing memorandum document filed last week in U.S. District Court, in August 2010, Lindstrom gave his desktop computer to an assistant at NFS as a gift. This assistant sold the computer to another coworker, who found images of child pornography on the computer’s hard drive, according to the document. The computer was eventually given to the NFS legal staff, which delivered it to the FBI for examination, court documents state.

The FBI found 592 still images, eight videos, more than 500,000 images of child erotica, child sex stories in narrative form and child sex cartoons, according to the sentencing memorandum.

The FBI then obtained a warrant to search Lindstrom’s new computer. A search of this computer yielded 6,983 still images, 13 videos of child pornography, 1.3 million images of child erotica and “thousands” of child sex cartoons.

“Lindstrom’s method of search for child pornography is fairly labor-intensive, consistent with his advanced education and high intelligence,” the sentencing memorandum said. “This method allowed the defendant to completely avoid the file sharing that is common in most peer-to-peer software programs, and he never transferred child pornography files to other computer users via the internet.

“Consequently, Lindstrom minimized his exposure to undercover law enforcement and his online time. The defendant is a sophisticated child porn collector who would never have been detected if he had not given his old computer to the assistant at Nuclear Fuel Services. He unintentionally distributed child pornography to her, and the two others who also looked at the computer.”

Following his Dec. 6 guilty plea, Lindstrom was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. He was given credit for time served since that date.

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