GREENEVILLE — A 31-year- old Kingsport man, convicted earlier this year on a federal child pornography charge, will spend the next 10 years in prison, a U.S. District judge ruled on Wednesday.
Michael Noble Jr., received the statutory maximum sentence in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Wednesday. Judge Ronnie Greer also ordered Noble to be on supervised release for 20 years following his prison sentence.
Noble was convicted of possession of child pornography following a 2½-day trial in May.
According to a release, the investigation of Noble began when his spouse discovered pornographic images of young children on his computer and a video tape made by him of young female children at local swimming pools, shopping centers and other public areas. The tapes often focused in on the girls’ buttocks and genital area, according to court records.
The Kingsport Police Department seized a computer and external hard drives from Noble’s apartment, and following a forensic examination, law enforcement found more than 2,300 images and six videos containing child pornography. Noble’s wife told police she had previously seen images and videos of children engaged in sex acts with adults on the computer, that she had deleted them and warned him police would be contacted if the conduct continued, court records state.
A court ordered mental evaluation of Noble diagnosed him as suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and pedophilia. According to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors, Noble had been removed from his birth home for chasing his younger sister with a knife and during a juvenile placement, set fires and threatened to kill his mother, house parents and their 7-year-old child.
Noble’s attorneys argued in their sentencing memorandum that Noble was attempting to turn his life around and make better provisions for himself and his family by joining the military. The attorneys further argue that Noble did not continue the behavior from the time of the search by law enforcement in October 2009 until his arrest in May 2010, contrary to claims made by the government.
In fact, Noble had almost completed U.S. Army basic training at the time of his arrest, the attorneys said.