WARTBURG, Tenn. — A convicted child sex offender has been sentenced to another 23 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography on his cellphone — while serving time in the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility in Wartburg.
They have cell phones in prison? Crazy!
Grippe was serving an eight-year sentence — for his 2012 conviction on possessing images depicting minors engaging in sex — when his cell at the Morgan County prison was searched and a cellphone was confiscated. The release stated that 161 images and 38 videos of child sexual abuse were found on the phone — including material involving children as young as infants.
“Additionally, the forensic search revealed conversations regarding sexually abusing children that Grippe had with other individuals using a phone application called KIK messenger,” the release stated. According to an online download site, Kik Messenger is a mobile app that allows the user to chat with friends one-on-one, start or join group chats, share photos or video, and video chat with other people.
Grippe’s phone was listed in court records as “contraband,” meaning that Grippe had the phone in the prison illegally, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said in reply to The Oak Ridger’s questions.
Grippe pleaded guilty to the charges in January 2017.
An investigator with the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children task force received two “Cybertips” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August 2016. The Cybertips stated that a Google account user attempted to upload files containing images of child sexual abuse.
The resulting investigation revealed that an email address associated with that Google account belonged to Grippe, the release stated. More Cybertips from the National Center rev
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