A 45 year old Smithville man indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor entered a guilty plea last week in DeKalb County Criminal Court and received a seven year prison sentence.
Louis Simon Lopez, III was charged almost a year ago by Smithville Police after photos and videos of child porn (less than 50 images) were allegedly found on his laptop.
Judge David Patterson sentenced Lopez to seven years in the Tennessee Department of Correction to serve at least 30% before he is eligible for parole. Lopez was given jail credit of 213 days. His name will also be on the sex offender registry
According to Chief Mark Collins, Smithville Police were informed on Saturday, January 7 that Lopez was the owner of a laptop that had several pictures and videos of what appeared to be children under the age of 18 naked and engaging in sex acts. Upon investigation, a warrant was obtained and Lopez was taken into custody without incident.