Thursday, December 6, 2018, an Anderson County Jury found Troy Mason, 51, of Palestine guilty of 20 counts of Promotion of Child Pornography.
The next day, the same jury sentenced him to 20 years on each count. Presiding Judge Pam Foster Fletcher ordered that Counts 1-10 were to run consecutive to each other and Counts 11-20 were to run concurrently to count 10.
Jurors heard testimony that numerous thumb drives, removable hard drives and three computers seized from Mason’s home.
Sergeant Erin Mitchell of the Attorney General’s office located 1,452 videos and images of child pornography depicting children ranging in age from under 1 to 8-years-old.
The pornography was located in a shareable format through the now defunct Limewire service. Limewire was similar to Napster from the 1990s. Sgt. Mitchell testified that the videos and images in Mason’s possession were some of the worst she has encountered in her career.
District Attorney Allyson Mitchell stated, “We, as a society, have a great responsibility to our children. We must protect them from exploitation by predators like Troy Mason. To know that in this day and age there are still children being brutally raped and videoed for the pleasure of someone like Mason is sickening.” She furthered stated that she is grateful for the jury’s verdict and sentence. “This will be a message of deterrence to others who subscribe to and promote child pornography in our community. The child pornography industry must be eliminated. Every child deserves to be safe from such abuse and exploitation.”
Capt. Mark Harcrow of the Palestine PD said “This was one of the most troubling cases I have ever seen.”
Mason currently awaits trial for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child, Assault on a Public Servant and Evading Arrest in a Vehicle which should be heard early in the next year.