published Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Palmer, Tenn., man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Jimmy Walter Rollins
Jimmy Walter Rollins
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A Palmer, Tenn., man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to producing child pornography, according to a news release.

The Winchester Police Department conducted an undercover investigating in February 2012 in which it identified Jimmy Rollins, 44, as an Internet trafficker of pornographic images of children.

Officers searched Rollins’ home in May 2012 and discovered equipment used in the production of child pornography, multiple pornographic images and videos of Rollins engaged in sexual activity with a minor.

The investigation led to a 9-count indictment brought against Rollins by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga on Nov. 27, 2012.

The case was investigated by the Winchester Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child abuse.

“We will aggressively prosecute those who are using interstate commerce to victimize children for profit and sexual gratification,” said U.S. Attorney William C. Killian in a statement. “Let the message be clear: if you engage in production of child pornography in the eastern district of Tennessee, you will be caught and you will serve significant time in prison.”

Rollins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6, 2013, and faces a minimum term of 25 years and up to 50 years in prison. Rollins was previously convicted of two counts of statutory rape in Grundy county’s Criminal Circuit Court in 1994.

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