Local man sentenced in child porn case

Thomas Kandziorski, 62, of Fayetteville was sentenced on Dec. 16 to 30 months in prison in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice Jr., United States District Judge.

Kandziorski was also ordered to complete 15 years of supervised release upon his release from the Bureau of Prisons and pay a $100 Special Assessment fee. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Kandziorski on Aug. 14 to information charging him with one count of possession of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department at Kandziorski’s residence, and a computer, a camera and several other electronic storage devises were seized. Some of those devices were found to contain images of child pornography. Kandziorski admitted to law enforcement that he was aware of the sexually explicit images of child pornography stored on these devices.

The successful prosecution of Kandziorski was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and the Winchester Police Department, who took the lead role in this investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Terra L. Bay and John MacCoon represented the United States.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee William C. Killian stated, “This is yet another example of the hard work and partnership between the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to protect the children of our district and prosecute the predators who endanger them.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm