Chattanooga Man Gets 200 Months In Federal Prison After Offering To Trade A Live Chat With 8-Year-Old Girl In Bathtub For Child Pornography

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A Chattanooga man who offered to trade an online session with an eight-year-old girl in a bathtub for child pornography has been sentenced to serve 200 months in federal prison.

 

James Nickolas Renfro, 27, also sent out naked images of the eight-year-old in a bathtub, prosecutor James Brooks said.

 

Renfro, who earlier pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography, appeared before Judge Curtis Collier.

 

Officials said, "He admitted in court that he had placed an online advertisement offering to permit other collectors of child pornography to engage in a live online session with an 8-year-old child while the child was in a bathtub.

The advertisement included nude images of an acquaintance’s child in a bathtub. The defendant admitted that his goal was to trade the live sessions for images of child pornography. The defendant surrendered his electronic devices to law enforcement officials, and a subsequent search of his devices revealed numerous images of child pornography."

 

“Individuals who distribute child pornography further injure innocent victims each time these illegal images are distributed more widely online," said John Condon, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Nashville. “Child sex abuse is one of the most serious crimes HSI investigates due to the lasting psychological and physical damage it can inflict on victims, and as such it will continue to be one of the agency’s highest priorities.”

 

United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey emphasized the importance of seeking lengthy terms of imprisonment for those convicted of offenses involving the exploitation of children, stating, “Defendants such as Mr. Renfro are dangerous predators, and our office will continue in our vigorous efforts to protect our children, the most vulnerable and innocent of our society.”

 

            The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent David Nalley.                                      


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