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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00122
Judge: Katherine A. Crytzer
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Knox County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Knoxville
Description: Knoxville, Tennessee criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with two counts of production of child pornography.
Andrew Stephen Couch, age 37, agreed to plead guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts of production of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a).
According to the filed plea agreement, in December 2019, after receiving a report that Couch was distributing child pornography, a search warrant was conducted at Couch’s home. Couch’s cellular phone was seized and forensically examined. Located on the cellular phone were multiple videos of child pornography produced by Couch wherein he was engaged in sexually explicit acts with a four-and-a-half-year-old female who was visiting Couch’s home. Also on the cellular phone were thousands of other images and videos of child pornography of unidentified children.
The criminal indictment was the result of an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.
Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 720 months in prison. After his release from imprisonment, he will be on lifetime supervised release. Couch will be required to register with state sex offender registries and comply with special sex offender conditions during his supervised release.