Taylor County man charged with violating federal child pornography laws

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Alleged victims were younger than 5

By Calen McKinney

A federal grand jury in Louisville has returned a 15-count indictment against a Taylor County man, charging him with violating federal child pornography laws that include the production and possession of child pornography.

David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the charges last week.

According to the indictment, between Dec. 18, 2009, and Nov. 28, 2010, on 14 occasions, Tony Edwin Davis, 49, knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced two minor females younger than 5 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. The indictment includes one count of knowingly possessing child pornography on or about May 20, 2012.

According to an affidavit filed by a detective with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in support of a criminal complaint against Davis, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office contacted the FBI and Kentucky Police on Aug. 10, when a cell phone, formerly the defendant's, was found to contain child pornography images.

If convicted, Davis faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The maximum potential penalties are 60 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and at least five years' or as much as lifetime supervised release. Arraignment is scheduled before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl on Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in Bowling Green. Davis is currently in U.S. Marshals Service custody.

The case against Davis is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKiness and is being investigated by the FBI, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Campbellsville Police.

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, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

For more information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on "resources."

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.