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March 9, 2022Knoxville, TN, United StatesChild Exploitation

ICE HSI and local ICAC investigation leads to federal jury conviction for child exploitation offender

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following a two-day jury trial in U.S. District Court, Alexander Dewayne Noah, 25, of Tazewell, Tennessee, was convicted of possession of child exploitation materials.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Knoxville Police Department’s (KPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) conducted the investigation.

“The excellent investigative efforts of our HSI agents, working with the KPD ICAC, resulted in the apprehension and subsequent conviction of this offender for exploitation of child victims,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr.

According to evidence presented at trial, the investigation began when HSI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that child pornography was being stored in an online storage account. The ensuing investigation, including the execution of a federal search warrant at Noah’s residence, led to a federal indictment.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14. Noah faces up to 20 years in prison, supervised release up to life, and be required to register as a sex offender anywhere that he resides, works, or attends school.

If anyone suspect a child might be a victim of exploitation, you are encouraged to call the HSI tip line at 866-347-2423, or visit

Learn more about HSI Nashville’s fight against child exploitation in your community at @HSI_Nashville.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.