NASHVILLE – Christopher Troy Sullivan, 40, of Joelton, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to distribution of child pornography, according to David Rivera, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Sullivan is a registered sex offender and was previously convicted in 2004 of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in Davidson County. He now faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison
According to court documents, from about December 2010 through May 2012, Sullivan possessed and distributed child pornography. Sullivan admitted that he created a fake profile on Facebook to initiate and maintain an online relationship with a teenage girl for several months. During the relationship, Sullivan obtained hundreds of nude and sexually explicit images of the girl. He then distributed those images to others and created additional false online profiles, pretending to be the girl, in order to induce other teenage girls to also send him nude images.
Law enforcement officers from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department seized several items of electronic equipment from Sullivan’s home in Joelton. Analysis of the equipment revealed Sullivan obtained more than 1,400 images of child pornography, which were located in hidden electronic file folders.
Sullivan is scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Nashville police, Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department, Davidson County Probation and Parole Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the case. Assistant U.S. attorneys Lynne T. Ingram and Louis A. Crisostomo served as prosecutors.