Knoxville, Tenn. – On February 19, 2020, following a two-day trial, Terry Lee Gilbreath, 57, of Madisonville, Tennessee, was convicted by a jury on two counts of production of child pornography in the United States District Court.
Sentencing is set for June 16, 2020, at 2:00p.m., in United States District Court at Knoxville. Terry Lee Gilbreath faces a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervision and placement on the sex offender registry.
The evidence presented at trial proved the defendant befriended an eight-year-old girl at a yard sale, drove her home, and immediately inserted himself into the lives of her vulnerable family. The proof further showed that within a month, the defendant videoed and photographed his sexual molestation of the eight-year-old child.
“Cases such as this offend the sensibilities of all decent persons. The perpetrators are reprehensible for their victimization of vulnerable and innocent children,” said United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey. “Those who use and abuse our children for pornographic purposes and the gratification of their sexual perversions will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and deserve the harshest of punishments.
Law enforcement agencies taking part in the joint investigation which led to indictment and subsequent conviction of Terry Lee Gilbreath included Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Madisonville Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.