June 10, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maryville man charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor
Sheriff James Lee Berrong said today a 23-year-old Maryville man is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one charge of sexual exploitation of a minor following a search warrant at the man's residence Friday.
Christopher Paul Drake, 23, Doc Norton Road, Maryville, is being held in the Blount County Detention Facility on bonds totaling $75,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. June 14th.
Drake's arrest is the result of an on-line investigation by the Sheriff's Office HEAT (Hi-Tech Evidence and Technology) Unit, as part of ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children). Friday, investigators with the HEAT Unit executed a search warrant at Drakes residence and seized multiple hard drives and media. A forensic exam of the hard drives revealed numerous images and videos of child pornography.
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