Pike man gets 30 years for child porn

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

February 13, 2014

PIKEVILLE — A Pikeville man who pleaded guilty to producing pornographic videos featuring a 4-year-old girl received the maximum prison term allowed, during his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar brushed away pleas for leniency and ordered David Allen Campbell to spend the next 30 years in prison. If he serves the full sentence, he would be 93 years old when released.

On Wednesday, Campbell dismissed his attorneys, Steve Owen and Kent Varney, saying he could not afford to pay them for appeals, and filed to appeal the sentence.

Campbell was arrested nearly a year ago, after police raided his home and discovered CDs, videotapes and electronic copies of videos which Campbell later admitted producing.

Police were led to Campbell following a child pornography investigation in Independence, Iowa. In that investigation, police assumed the online identity of a child porn distributor and were tipped to Campbell after he emailed a video to the distributor.

Campbell reached a plea deal with prosecutors back in October, and his attorneys had argued for a sentence reduction, based on his willingness to confess.