In a shocking case out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dock Edward Hoilman, a former employee of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. The 64-year-old faced sentencing on Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Katherine A. Crytzer, who handed down a sentence of 151 months. Additionally, Hoilman will face 10 years of supervised release following his prison term.
Hoilman admitted guilt to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography, with three other counts against him being dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Previously employed by Y-12 as a systems administrator senior specialist with “top secret clearance,” Hoilman’s responsibilities included cyber vulnerability assessment, patching, and penetration testing, as detailed in federal court records. Remarkably, he was able to carry out his duties remotely from his home in Kingston, Tennessee.
According to authorities, Hoilman utilized a KIK account in 2022 to access and transmit child pornography videos. Following the execution of a search warrant at his residence in August 2022, law enforcement uncovered 14 images and 25 videos of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee provided this information.
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