published Friday, May 16th, 2014

Former UT Foundation head gets 10-year term in child porn case

Former University of Tennessee Foundation President Bruce Downsbrough has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in October 2013 to receiving and possessing child pornography.

Downsbrough, 61, of Knoxville, was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to his victims and a $75,000 fine, according to a news release from the office of Bil Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

After his release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for a period of 10 years and for the rest of his life must register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or attends school.

Downsbrough ordered child pornography to be sent to him via United States mail, the release states. A federal search warrant was obtained for Downsbrough’s home and his computer seized and searched for child pornography. Examination of the seized computer revealed that, in addition to ordering child pornography through the mail, he had been accessing and downloading child pornography via the Internet.

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