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Date: 10-16-2019

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United States of America v. James Nickolas Renfro

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00047-CLC-CHS

Judge: Curtis L. Collier

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Hamilton County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: James T. Brooks

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Chattanooga, TN - James Nickolas Renfro Sentenced to Serve 200 Months in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

James Nickolas Renfro, 27, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 200 months in federal prison.

Renfro pleaded guilty on June 19, 2019, to distributing child pornography. The defendant admitted in Court that he had placed an online advertisement offering to permit other collectors of child pornography to engage in a live online session with an 8-year-old child while the child was in a bathtub. The advertisement included nude images of an acquaintance’s child in a bathtub. The defendant admitted that his goal was to trade the live sessions for images of child pornography. The defendant surrendered his electronic devices to law enforcement officials, and a subsequent search of his devices revealed numerous images of child pornography.

“Individuals who distribute child pornography further injure innocent victims each time these illegal images are distributed more widely online," said John Condon, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Nashville. “Child sex abuse is one of the most serious crimes HSI investigates due to the lasting psychological and physical damage it can inflict on victims, and as such it will continue to be one of the agency’s highest priorities.”

United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey emphasized the importance of seeking lengthy terms of imprisonment for those convicted of offenses involving the exploitation of children, stating, “Defendants such as Mr. Renfro are dangerous predators, and our office will continue in our vigorous efforts to protect our children, the most vulnerable and innocent of our society.”

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent David Nalley.



Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 200 months; 8 years supervised release, total of $5,500 restitution and $100 special assessment.

10/11/2019 36 COURT REPORTER NOTES re James Nickolas Renfro filed by Elizabeth Coffey of Sentencing Hearing before Judge Curtis L. Collier on October 9, 2019. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. Section 753(b), I certify that these original notes are a true and correct record of proceedings in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of TN before Judge Curtis L. Collier on October 9, 2019. By s/ Elizabeth Coffey. (Court Reporter Notes are viewable by court staff only). (EBC) (Entered: 10/11/2019)

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