Briefs for December 10, 2021

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No one hurt in West Knox house fire

A West Knox County house was seriously damaged by a fire Thursday afternoon but no one was hurt in the blaze, authorities said.

Crews from Rural Metro Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Knox County Rescue responded to the 2 p.m. call of a house fire on Ivey Rock Way in the Gettysvue subdivision, according to a Rural Metro spokesperson.

“Upon arrival, crews discovered flames and heavy smoke throughout the home. Thankfully, the house was evacuated safely, and no injuries were reported,” the spokesperson said.

KCSO’s Fire Investigation Unit was trying to determine the cause of the blaze.


Woman gets 30 years for making child porn

A Knoxville woman was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after police found video evidence that she sexually abused an infant and a toddler, authorities said Thursday.

Breanna Cierra Sluder, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine A. Crytzer. 

“In January 2020, a federal search warrant was executed at Sluder’s home after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided information to the Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (KPD-ICAC) concerning images of child pornography being produced in Knoxville,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice. 

“Image and video files located during the investigation depicted the sexual victimization of an infant and a toddler by Sluder,” the spokesperson said. 

Hard Knox Wire isn’t disclosing the relationship of Sluder to the victims or providing a more detailed description of the offense in order to protect their privacy.

Following her scheduled release from prison in 2051, Sluder will be supervised by the United States Probation Office for the rest of her life and will be required to comply with special conditions of release for sex offenders.  She will also be required to register with the sex offender registry in any state in which she resides, works, or attends school, the spokesperson said.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kolman.

Published on December 10, 2021.