Shelby County Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release

U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Shelbyville, Ky., man, Clinton Lyon Mayes, 51, was sentenced on Wednesday, January 10, to 120 months in prison, by U.S. District Judge Gregory VanTatenhove, for possession of child pornography.

According to his plea agreement, Mayes appeared for a reporting day with the Kentucky Probation and Parole department. He admitted that he had a smart phone that contained “young” pornography. The Parole Officer searched the phone and located images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Under federal law, Mayes must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for life.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Robert Holman, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Filed Division; Russell Coleman, Kentucky Attorney General; and Sheriff Timothy Mark Moore, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Secret Service, ATF, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Melton is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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