Louis J. Levine has entered a guilty plea in federal court on two counts of production of child pornography.
Levine, 54, faces 15 to 30 years on each count, one for each victim in the case involving two minor boys between the ages of 15 and 17. Levine agreed to serve a sentence of 15 years without parole.
The plea agreement is subject to the approval of U.S. District Court Judge William Joseph Haynes Jr. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21.
A hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon regarding the suppression of evidence involving homemade pornographic videos found at his home on Alton Road near the Belle Meade Country Club. Levine entered the guilty plea instead.
During the plea hearing, Levine admitted to secretly videotaping the two boys engaged in sexual activity in adjacent rooms from his padlocked bedroom in 2008 and early 2009.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Daughtrey said, “Under the circumstances I think it’s an appropriate plea, and it certainly makes it easier for the victims not to have to testify.”
Daughtrey said she discussed the plea agreement with the victims prior to accepting it.
Police arrested the former Murfreesboro teacher and Metro substitute teacher in April 2009 for allegedly providing alcohol, drugs and pornography to teenagers, allowing them to have sex in his home and videotaping the sexual encounters over a 30-year period.
A Metro police search warrant executed in March 2009 found at his home a network including computers and a significant number of cables running throughout the home.
Police also found about 400 VHS tapes and DVDs that appeared to be homemade. The federal government brought charges against Levine after finding the video camera used was produced in Japan.
Levine still faces state charges of drug possession, displaying sex acts to minors, especially aggravated exploitation of minors and sexual battery. A court date in that case is set for late March 2011.