GREENEVILLE –– A Piney Flats man was sentenced to 120 months in prison Thursday for possession of child pornography following an unrelated arrest, according to a news release from U.S. District Court in Greeneville.
U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Patrick Shane O’ Ferrall the maximum sentence of 120 months in prison for possession of child pornography following an unrelated arrest.
According to the release, Jordan also ordered that O’Ferrall be subjected to supervision by the U.S. Probation Office upon his release for the remainder of his life, and restitution be paid to one of the victims, whose image was found as a depiction in O’Ferrall’s possession.
Officers conducting a forensic investigation on computers seized from O’Ferrall’s his residence, found over 3,500 images of children engaging in sexual acts on CDs and DVDs.
The investigation stemmed from a incident where O’Ferrall was arrested for domestic assault, after his spouse found pornographic images of children in his belongings, according to the release.
A joint investigation, which included the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, led to a successful indictment and conviction of O’Ferrall. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Gregory Bowman.
According to the release, O’Ferrall’s case was included as part of a nationwide initiative, titled Project Safe Childhood, which kicked off in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to fight against sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
The initiative was led by the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the United States Attorneys’ Offices, and relies upon the resources of local, state, and federal agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, while also helping identify and rescue victims.