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Heronís Pointe man pleads guilty to child-porn charges


Sean Jay Widmer, 41, a former resident of Avocet Lane in Heronís Pointe subdivision, Concord, was sentenced to serve 97 months in federal prison and supervised release for five years upon his release from prison Wednesday, Jan. 24, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

Widmer pleaded guilty Feb. 22, 2011, to an indictment charging him with receipt of child pornography. Sentencing was held before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

Widmer came to the attention of law enforcement through an online investigation conducted by Knoxville Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A subsequent forensic examination found seven images and 134 videos of child pornography on his computer.


This conviction was the result of an investigation by ICAC Units of Knoxville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale Jr. represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploi-tation crimes against children. Led by U.S. Attorneysí Offices and the Department of Justice Criminal Divisionís Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, tribal and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

 

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