Former Clarksville school nurse charged with child pornography

Former Clarksville school nurse charged with child pornography

Photo Credit: Montgomery County Government & cloth

Tennessee Conservative Staff –

A former school nurse for the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system is facing state charges of nearly 100 counts of child pornography after pleading guilty to federal charges of creating and distributing child pornography in 2022.

Leon B. Hensley, 43, worked as a school nurse at Northeast High School. He was extradited to Clarksville-Montgomery County to face state charges after being sentenced to 293 months in federal prison.

Hensley was initially arrested on November 18, 2019, for sexual exploitation of a minor after an examination of his cell phone revealed a “prepubescent child in a state of total undress, with the photo focused on the genital area.”

The search results also included several nude images that were identified as being of female students at Northeast High School.

Officers seized several electronic devices, including a small video camera, and found a large number of images on them.

The U.S. Secret Service and Homeland Security joined the investigation and discovered that a number of images of the girls had apparently been taken with a covert camera in several locations, including in NEHS restrooms, in exam rooms at the hospital where Hensley previously worked at Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville, at airports and in tanning beds.

Hensley was re-arrested in May 2021 on federal charges after more than 700 images were discovered. He was charged with 25 counts of attempting to create child pornography as well as enticing or coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit activity for the purpose of producing child pornography.

Hensley pleaded guilty on September 28, 2022. He was sentenced on April 3, 2023, to 293 months in federal prison. Hensley has since appealed.

On June 7, 2024, Hensley was returned to Montgomery County to answer state charges against him. He faces 99 counts of child pornography, solicitation and illegal imagery.

  • 37 counts of particularly aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor
  • 9 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor
  • 1 count of sexual exploitation of a minor > 50 images
  • 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor > 100 images
  • 1 count of solicitation of a minor – particularly aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor
  • 3 counts of illegal photography in violation of privacy
  • 36 counts of aggravated illegal photography

According to the indictments filed by the State, these are not new charges.

“Even if the federal government wants to prosecute under its laws, if a state offense has been committed, we can still prosecute under the offenses that were allegedly committed in the state,” said District Attorney General Robert Nash..

Under state law, Hensley could face additional prison time on the charges and could face another trial, depending on how he chooses to respond to the charges.

His court appearance was scheduled for July 8 in Montgomery County Court.