AIvyn L. Aichinger IV, 32, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was arrested Friday, March 7, and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography, according to a federal court press release.
According to the affidavit of complaint, local agents received information that Aichinger had been a customer of a child pornography website.
Aichenger has been a registered sex offender since 2003, according to Carrie Daughtery, the prosecuting attorney.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry, Aichenger, who is listed at a 575 Donna Drive address, had two offenses for receiving and possessing child pornography in August 2003.
On Wednesday March 5, 2008, a TBI agent interviewed Aichinger at his home and Aichinger admitted that he had been downloading child pornography images from the Internet as recently as Saturday March 1, 2008.
He also admitted he had been seeking out child pornography since 2000, the release said.
Aichinger’s computer, which has a 300 gigabyte hard drive, was seized from his home and currently is under analysis at the TBI, the news release said.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the TBI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assigned to the Joint CyberCrime Task Force (JCCTF), the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
On Friday March 7, Special Agents of the T.B.I., F.B.I. and JCCTF, assisted by the Clarksville Police Department, arrested Aichinger on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, the news release said.
He appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge in Nashville, Tennessee for an initial appearance and has a preliminary and detention hearing set for Monday March 17, 2008 to determine whether he will remain incarcerated pending trial.
If convicted the penalties for child pornography will vary by the case,"Daughtery said.
"The range of penalties differs from no time to life," she said. " Many times child pornography statutes have a mandatory minimum, it can be as low as 5 years or more if they have a prior conviction."
Charges brought against a person through a complaint or indictment are accusations only. That person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.