The charges were levied in September 2011 after an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation conducted by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The 30-year-old Cleveland man was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier.
Tyler was charged under indictment in November 2012 with seven counts of child pornography by a parent; 12 counts of distribution of child pornography; and eight counts of receipt of child pornography.
In February 2013, Tyler pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography by a parent and one count of distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
“Tyler faced a maximum of 30 years for each count of production of child pornography and a maximum of 20 years for each count of distribution or receipt of child pornography. Judge Collier ordered the maximum sentence for each offense and then ordered the sentences to run partially consecutive to each other to reach the total sentence of 400 months. This sentence is to be followed by 20 years of supervised release,” the attorney’s office said.
According to the Bradley County Internet Crimes Against Children investigator’s original affidavit, he discovered information Tyler was allegedly using a computer to possess and distribute pornographic images of children.
The investigation led detectives to a Holly Brook Circle address, where they spoke with Tyler.
Tyler gave detectives consent to search his residence.
“When law enforcement was walking out of the residence, Mr. Tyler told law enforcement they did not have what they were looking for. Mr. Tyler said that two hard drives containing child pornography were in the trash in the shed behind his house,” according to the affidavit filed with the state court.
The affidavit also noted more than 1,000 images were allegedly found on a hard drive.
Tyler was held at the Bradley County Jail under $400,000 bond prior to the case being transferred to federal authorities.
Agencies involved in the investigation included the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Division and BCSO’s ICAC Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra L. Bay represented the United States in the case.