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Moore County man arrested on child pornography charges

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — A Moore County man has been arrested on child pornography charges.

According to Moore County Sheriff’s Department reports, Ernest Stafford, 52, was indicted on a Class B Felony, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and arrested on Friday, April 22.

After receiving a report from the Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Detective Shane Taylor started an investigation on the information received. The report states that ICAC was acting upon a cyber tip that someone had uploaded more than 44 images of child pornography to a drop box on the internet. The IP address used to upload the images was registered to Stafford according to the report.

According to Taylor’s report, the investigation revealed that Stafford was engaging in the distribution of hundreds of images and videos of child pornography via an online storage account with Dropbox.

Stafford was arrested Friday after the Grand Jury met and returned a True Bill. He is being held on a $50,000 bond pending circuit court appearance on May 20, 2016.

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