Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Advertising Child Pornography


Approximately 130,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse found on computer

BOSTON – A Kentucky man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to advertising child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the dark web.

Scott Allison, 58, of Glasgow, Ky., pleaded guilty to one count of advertisement of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Jan. 11, 2024. Allison was initially charged by criminal complaint in November 2021 in the Western District of Kentucky, and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston in December 2021.  

In April 2021, Allison was identified advertising and posting links to CSAM, including images of boys as young as approximately two years old, via a website on the dark web for which he served as a moderator. Allison used at least two different usernames on various websites on the dark web. During a search of Allison’s home in November 2021, an external hard drive was located plugged into Allison’s computer in his bedroom and found to contain approximately 130,000 images and videos of CSAM.

Allison also had the content or text of approximately 108,000 posts to child pornography websites saved on his computer. Additionally, a box containing boy’s underwear, diapers and condoms as well as a silicone mold of a boy’s buttocks with partial genitalia were also found during the search. 

The charge of advertisement of child pornography provides for a sentence of at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Michael J. Krol, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England; Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; and Rana Saoud, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Nashville made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Mackenzie Duane and Luke A. Goldworm of the Major Crimes Unit are prosecuting the case. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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