Tennessee man accused of helping Islamic State group
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man held a key role in spreading English-language propaganda for the Islamic State group.
Prosecutors say 31-year-old Benjamin Carpenter, of Knoxville, has been in custody since his March 24 arrest.
A detention hearing was held Monday, but a judge did not immediately decide whether he should be free pending trial.
Officials say Carpenter provided English translations of IS media content to a person he thought was associated with IS. Prosecutors say the person was actually a covert FBI employee.
A trial is set for June 1.
It's not known whether Carpenter is represented by an attorney who could comment.