A U.S. District Judge in Nashville sentenced a La Vergne man to 12 years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty in December of distributing and possessing child pornography.
At Monday’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said Joel H. Gilchrist, 50, was in denial about his crimes and it would be a while before he could affectively receive treatment, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.
At the hearing, it was determined Gilchrist possessed, and in some cases distributed, more than 46,000 images and 1,700 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of a child, including some depicting sadistic or masochistic acts.
In December, a jury convicted Gilchrist on two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count each of receipt and possession of child pornography.
During the trial, the jury heard evidence about an online undercover investigation in which officers determined Gilchrist distributed thousands of files through file-sharing software called LimeWire, which operates on a peer-to-peer network called Gnutella.
The court further found that Gilchrist had committed perjury at the jury trial when, among other things, he denied ever having seen, possessed or downloaded child pornography.
In addition to the 144-month prison term, the court also imposed lifetime supervision when Gilchrist is released, among other conditions.
Law enforcement officials from the Franklin Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Metro Nashville Police Department ICAC Task Force, the La Vergne Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ty Howard oversaw the case for the government.