Hampton woman faces sex abuse charges
Published 8:46 am Friday, August 7, 2015
A Hampton woman convicted of using her three young children to produce child pornography has been returned to Carter County to face child sexual abuse charges in that case.
Crystal Renee Dawn Poore, 34, was transferred from a federal corrections facility in Aliceville, Ala., to the Carter County Detention Center Wednesday. Once there, officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department served her with indictments charging her with aggravated rape of a child, three counts of rape of a child, four counts of incest and eight counts of aggravated sexual battery. Poore is scheduled to appear in Carter County Criminal Court on August 14 to be arraigned on those charges.
In 2013, Poore was arrested by federal authorities on a indictment charging her with three counts of production of child pornography. Poore pleaded guilty in July 2014 to all three counts and was sentenced later that year to serve 27 years in federal prison. Upon her release from prison, Poore will be on supervised release for the remainder of her life. Federal sentences are not subject to parole.
The Carter County charges against Poore resulted from the same investigation that led federal officials to indict her in the pornography case.
The investigation which led to Poore’s arrest began in July 2013 when the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Knoxville Police Department received two cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Both of those tips were submitted to the center by Google Inc., regarding a Google/Picasa account it said contained nearly 70 images believed to be child pornography.
The Knoxville Task Force worked with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and removed Poore’s three children from the home.
According to federal court documents, Poore admitted to investigators that the photographs featured images of her children — who were ages 2, 6 and 8 at the time of the abuse — and admitted she had taken the photographs.
“Poore stated that she would hold the phone in one hand and take the picture while having sexual contact with her children,” the court document said. “Poore advised this was her personal love for her children and she thought she would capture it.”
The local charges against Poore were placed on hold until all of the federal court proceedings had concluded.