Boone County Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release

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

COVINGTON, Ky. – A Burlington, Ky., man, David L. Mitchell, 73, was sentenced on Thursday, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to 48 months in prison, for possession of child pornography.  He also was ordered to pay over $20,000 in victim restitution.

According to his plea agreement, on June 29, 2022, law enforcement travelled to Mitchell’s home and requested permission to enter his residence to discuss an investigation. During a consensual search of his home, law enforcement found a USB device and hard drive that Mitchell admitted contained pornographic material of minors, and he also admitted that he had accessed visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the past through the Internet. It was discovered the devices contained over 100 unique digital images and over 100 unique digital videos of minors, including minors under the age of 12, engaged in sexual conduct.

Under federal law, Mitchell 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 five years. Mitchell was also ordered to pay $23,000 in victim restitution.  

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; and Rana Saoud, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by HSI Northern Kentucky. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Spievack 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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