Panama City, Florida -- Timothy Wayne Pollock, 41, of Hermitage, Tennessee, was sentenced today to serve 180 months in federal prison for producing and transporting child pornography.
In January 2011, while visiting Panama City Beach, Florida, Pollock used a minor to engage in sexually explicit activity for the purposes of producing a visual depiction and subsequently transported those images of child pornography back to Tennessee. Pollock pled guilty to
production and transportation of child pornography on September 7, 2011.
In addition to the 15-year term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak sentenced Pollock to serve 25 years on supervised release, following his release from prison. Upon his release, Pollock will also be required to register as a sex offender.
In announcing the sentence imposed by the court today, Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida stated: “Fighting child exploitation is one of the highest priorities of
the Department of Justice and this Office. Crimes against children are devastating to the victims and their families. We will continue working with our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that offenders are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Ms. Marsh had special praise for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Panama City Beach Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department in Nashville, Tennesseee, whose
joint investigation led to Pollock's conviction and sentence. Chief Robert Harding of the Panama City Beach Police Department said he was particularly pleased with the multi-agency effort to bring Pollock to justice and that he hoped today’s sentencing would help to bring closure and comfort to the victim and her family.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation
and abuse. Led by United States Attorney’s 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Ryan Love.