Child rapist who filmed, bartered videos sentenced to 33 years
By Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel
Johnny Ray Sammons
GATLINBURG, TN (News Sentinel) -
A Gatlinburg man who raped two young relatives, filmed it and sold the video over the Internet will spend the next 33 years in federal prison.
Johnny Ray Sammons' legal woes are not over, though. He faces decades more behind bars on child rape charges in Sevier County.
Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan on Monday sentenced Sammons to the high end of his sentencing guideline range for what the judge called the "reprehensible conduct" that served as a basis for federal convictions for using a minor in the production of child pornography and distributing child pornography.
Sammons, 33, was, according to Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Investigator Tom Evans, a prodigious purveyor of child pornography who catered to his customers' requests for such things as the placement of signs bearing the customers' code names in the videos he produced.