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Found by police in hospital
By WAYNE THOMAS
Denver Cole, 41, of Tullahoma, convicted in federal court on child pornography charges, failed to show up in court Monday for sentencing, whereupon U.S. District Judge Harry Mattice issued an order for his arrest.
Federal authorities contacted Tullahoma police investigator Ty Brazier, who located Cole later that morning at Harton Regional Medical Center, where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.
A 24-count indictment was issued against Cole by a federal grand jury in July 2011 for receipt of child pornography in interstate commerce by means of a computer. Cole had entered a guilty plea in the case.
Indictments against Cole came after an undercover on-line investigation by Winchester police officers who operate the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit discovered that a computer traced to Cole was using file-sharing software to make child pornography available on the Internet.
Identified child pornography images were in Cole’s shared folders, according to the indictment, and all the images were of real children.
Investigators down- loaded two videos containing child pornography, and a search warrant was obtained for his residence as a result.
Cole’s computer and associated digital media were seized and subjected to forensic analysis by the TBI. Numerous videos and images downloaded from the Internet on his computers and digital media contained child pornography, including known victims.
Cole was released from the hospital Tuesday morning and was taken into custody by Coffee County District Attorney Investigator Billy Cook.
Cook transported Cole to Monteagle where he was turned over to U.S. Marshals for transportation to federal facilities in Chattanooga. A sentencing date will be set for him.
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