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Child Pornography Investigation Continues Across State Lines

3/6/2014

March 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

         
The Nashville police department’s investigation into a suspected producer of child pornography is continuing across state boundaries as detectives here and in other states work to determine who else shared in illegal pornographic images of children.
         
Damion Faulkner, 30, of Hermitage, has been jailed in lieu of $300,000 bond since his arrest January 3rd on charges that he possessed and distributed child pornography.  Additional counts related to the actual production of child porn are expected to be considered by the Davidson County Grand Jury as Faulkner is believed to have taken pornographic photographs of a five-year-old girl (the daughter of a relative) and distributed them via email and the Internet.
         
The investigation of Faulkner began after Detective Maggie Holbrook with the Vancouver, Washington Police Department determined that a computer IP address linked to a child porn investigation in Washington State was registered to a Nashvillian.  Holbrook was especially concerned in that, as a veteran investigator, she was seeing images of this particular female victim for the first time.  They were not among photos she knew to be in wide circulation.
         
MNPD Detective Mike Adkins, who is assigned to the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Unit followed up on the Washington State information and confirmed that the IP address was registered to Faulkner at a Hermitage address.  Adkins and Detective Chad Gish, an expert forensic electronics analyst, executed a search warrant at Faulkner’s residence where they discovered evidence of production, distribution and possession of child pornography.  Detectives Adkins and Gish were especially concerned that this case involved production of images in addition to electronic distribution.
         
The continuing investigation has resulted in the development of other out of state email addresses where Faulkner is believed to have sent images.  Authorities in those locations are now conducting their own investigations.
         
The five-year-old involved in this case was identified and is now residing with her family in another county.
         
Anyone with information about Faulkner’s involvement with any other children in the Nashville area is urged to contact Detective Adkins at 862-7540.

                                                         
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Damion Faulkner, 30