A Columbia man was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee for receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography between January 2010 and January 2013.
Scott E. Rouse, 35, a registered sex offender in Tennessee, had at least four email accounts that he used to receive and send sexually explicit photographs and videos of minor females, according to an affidavit. He also used a cell phone to access the emails.
According to the affidavit, the Queensland Police Department in Australia arrested an individual in February 2012 who had been distributing child pornography to “hundreds of additional subjects worldwide.” After accessing the individual’s email account, the QPD found approximately 111 email accounts from the United States. An FBI Special Agent began to review the accounts and traced two IP addresses to Rouse.
According to the affidavit, Rouse gave a Special Agent of the TBI and an FBI agent permission to access his email accounts. Through additional investigation, it was determined Rouse had contact with a Fairview man, Kevin S. Kolb, who was charged in late February for production of child pornography. It was discovered that the sex offender and Kolb exchanged child pornography starting in January.
The pornographic images and videos involved depictions of sexual acts by young girls with adult males as well as graphic displays of their nude bodies.
Rouse was arrested early February 2013 in Nashville and has been placed in custody.
He has previously been charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, violation of sexual offender registry and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The indictment charges Rouse with two counts of receipt and distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Trials have not yet been scheduled for either Rouse or Kolb. Rouse is scheduled to be arraigned on March 20.
If convicted, Rouse faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each receipt and distribution count. If convicted of possession, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Amanda Gambill is with the Seigenthaler News Service — MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.