Estill Springs Man Gets 11 Years For Child Pornography

Monday, July 2, 2012

An Estill Springs, Tn., man was sentenced Monday in Federal Court in Chattanooga to serve 11 years in federal prison for child pornography.

Shawn Patrick Ferrick was sentenced by Judge Sandy Mattice. The sentencing range was 121-151 months.

Prosecutor Terra Bay said an examination of Ferrick's computer showed 6,742 child pornography images and over 800 videos.

Myrlene Marsa of the federal public defender's office said Ferrick was sexually abused as a child by an uncle and a babysitter on numerous occasions.

She said he may have had the child pornography to look for possible images of himself. She said the uncle took pictures of him, but she does not know if they are on the Internet.

Prosecutor Bay said Ferrick had viewed many of the images over and over, including one more than 140 times.

Ms. Marsa said Ferrick is especially vulnerable in prison and had already been "brutally beaten" at the county jail at Winchester after his arrest. He said filed a federal lawsuit against authorities there.

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