Former employee used Knox Co. computer to send child porn

A former clerk in the Knox County Judicial Commissioner's office has admitted to using his work computer to share images of child pornography,

According to the Knox County District Attorney General's Office, Joshua Ryan Fettig, 22, pled guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in court this week. He was sentenced to eight years behind bars, and must serve the entire sentence.

The investigation began in December 2013 when the Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone attempted to send five emails containing known images of child pornography from an IP address belonging to Knox County.

The suspected computer was traced to the Judicial Commissioner’s office. Investigators tracked access to that computer to Fettig.

Fettig was working as a clerk and assisted with the issuance of criminal warrants.

Investigators searched other computers belonging to Fettig and discovered over three hundred images of child pornography.

“The most vulnerable victims we encounter are children,” said DA Charme Allen. “In addition to being victimized during the production of child pornography, each time an image of child pornography is viewed or downloaded, that child is further victimized.”

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to help track down the source of some of those images, and one of the victims, who is now an adult, submitted a victim impact statement before Fettig was sentenced.

She said that she "lived everyday with the horrible knowledge that many people somewhere are watching the most terrifying moments of my life and taking grotesque pleasure in them."

The victim said the crime against her is never ending, and every time she learns that "another person downloads and sees the computer images .. it does me immeasurable harm."

 


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