Just a few miles north of Memphis, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Millington man and accused him of selling drugs to children. That wasn’t the worst that he did, however, say law enforcement officials, who claim the man sold the drugs to kids as a way of meeting children he could potentially sexually abuse.
The 55-year-old is charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in addition to multiple drug-related charges.
Officials say they have identified two sexual exploitation victims and believe there are more yet to be IDed and located. Authorities say their ongoing investigation includes examinations of the man’s computers and phone.
A Memphis TV station spoke with some of the suspect’s neighbors, who said they noticed some unusual late-night activities around the man’s home. The unnamed neighbors said they believed the late-night visits were related to drug trafficking.
The suspect was arrested at his home, police said, after he was served with a search warrant for electronic devices. Court documents indicate that law enforcement officers found inside the home 90 grams of marijuana, as well as an unspecified amount of brownies containing THC (a chemical extracted from marijuana).
Three children were in the man’s home at the time of the arrest, though the news report did not make clear their relationship to the man.
According to police, the suspect admitted to them that he sold marijuana to customers as young as 12.
Anyone accused of serious crimes should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before discussing accusations with police or prosecutors.