Man sentenced to 3 1/2 years on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

Johnson City Press • Sep 26, 2019 at 8:15 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Richard Wayne York was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday after he entered a guilty plea in Carter County Criminal Court to 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Fifteen other Carter County counts and one Washington County count were dismissed.

The charges stemmed from investigations by the Elizabethton Police Department. Investigator Joe Hannah said at the time of the arrest that the department had worked with several local and federal law enforcement agencies, including executing search warrants on cell phones possessed by York.

He said several photographs were extracted from the phones that appeared to qualify as child pornography. He said the images appeared to be of children ranging from 4 to 17 years old.

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