Christopher Matthew Stephenson, 42, a compliance director for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, surrendered for booking today on a sealed grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of minors.
Detective Mike Adkins in the police department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, acting on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, determined that an Internet Protocol (IP) address used to access child pornography on the social networking website Tumblr.com was registered to Stephenson’s Antioch address. A search warrant was executed and his electronic devices seized. Sexual images of minors were found during forensic examinations of the equipment by MNPD electronics expert Detective Chad Gish.
The two sexual exploitation counts allege that Stephenson possessed sexual images of children. The aggravated sexual exploitation count alleges that he electronically distributed the material. He is not accused of producing child pornography.
Stephenson is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Criminal Court in the near future.