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Date: 09-21-2023

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United States of America v. Philip George Turner

Case Number: 3:23-cr-00042

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

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Description: Knoxville, Tennessee criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with one count of distribution of child pornography.

Philip Geoge Turner, age 39, of Kingston, Tennessee, waived an indictment by a Federal Grand Jury and agreed to plead guilty to an information charging him with, one count of distribution of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(1)(2); one count of possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B); and, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Following his incarceration, Turner will be on supervised release for 20 years and will be required to register with state sex offender registries and to comply with special sex offender conditions.

According to court records, in May 2022, local law enforcement received a tip from an out of state undercover officer that Turner was distributing child pornography on an Internet site. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) became involved as the FBI was also investigating a Cybertip that asserted Turner uploaded 120 files of child pornography containing still images and videos. As the investigation progressed, law enforcement learned that Turner was on parole for convictions from Illinois.

In June 2022, law enforcement went to Turner’s home with a search warrant. Upon entering, multiple firearms were seen lying about the residence to which Turner admitted he was going to attempt to sell. The seizure yielded five pistols and ammunition, and child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III of the Eastern District of Tennessee; Special Agent in Charge, Joseph E. Carrico, of the FBI; and Special Agent in Charge, Marcus Watson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) made the announcement.

The criminal information was the result of an investigation by Agent Cortny Dugger and Criminal Investigator Chanel Finnell with the Tennessee Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Office-Internet Crimes Against Children’s Unit, the FBI, and ATF.

Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.

18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(1)(2) - Distribution of Child Pornography

18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) - Possession of and Access with Intent to View Child Pornography

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) - Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment of 204 months, this sentence consists of terms of 204 months as to each of Counts 1 and 2 of the Information and a term of 120 months as to Count 3 of the Information; all terms to be served concurrently; a term of supervised release of 20 years, this term consists of 20 years as to each of Counts 1 and 2 of the Information and 3 years as to Count 3 of the Information, all terms to be served concurrently; restitution of $23,500.00, a special assessment of $300.00.

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