Tennessee man accused of helping Islamic State group

Apr 6, 2021

Credit DOJ

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.