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Dugger receives 15 years in child porn case

Matthew Lane • Jul 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM

GREENEVILLE — A Laurel Bloomery man who had hundreds of child pornography videos in an online file hosting service will serve more than 15 years in federal prison for his crimes.

Michael Dugger received a 188-month sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on June 17. He was originally named in a three-count indictment in March 2018, charged with receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.

In September, Dugger agreed to plead guilty to the distribution charge. He faced a minimum of five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves ordered Dugger also pay $2,000 in restitution. Once out of prison, Dugger will be on supervised release for the next 20 years.

Dugger has been incarcerated since his arrest in February 2018 and was given credit for time served.

ABOUT THE CASE

According to the plea agreement, from July 2016 through January 2017, Dugger uploaded 54 videos of child pornography to Dropbox, an online file hosting service. Prosecutors say the videos included prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity.

Dropbox disclosed the files and information about Dugger’s account to federal agents, who subsequently interviewed him about the matter. According to court records, Dugger’s email address was Bigdaddy40000 and he created the Dropbox account in August 2014.

Federal agents say the account included 48 images and 228 videos of underage children, and within were depictions of sadomasochism, bestiality and infants.

Dugger told federal agents he used his cell phone to access the internet and admitted to viewing every video and image in his Dropbox account. Dugger also shared the child pornography with a person he met on Kik, an instant mobile messenger app.

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