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NEW DETAILS: JPD officer investigated for possessing child porn

Adam Shipman (Source: Facebook) Adam Shipman (Source: Facebook)
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Jonesboro police have released more information regarding allegations that former officer Adam Shipman uploaded child pornography to the cloud.

On Aug. 1, Detective Brandon King received a cybertip from Arkansas State Police regarding an image that he “confirmed to be child pornography.”

According to the incident report released Friday, the image depicted an 8- to 9-year-old white female on a blanket, “completely nude.” Her private parts were clearly visible.

"Another, slightly older, nude, white female is leaning over her painting on her bare chest," King’s report states.

After determining that the phone that uploaded the photo belonged to Adam Shipman, 23, of Jonesboro, police obtained a search warrant for his home in the 700-block of White Dove Circle.

Shipman later told King he had moved to a new address in the 4400-block East Highland Drive. After receiving that information, King obtained a new search warrant for that address.

"The decision was made not to confront Shipman at his home, for safety reasons," the report states.

King requested the Service Division officers ask Shipman to come to the police department.

Shortly after 1 p.m. when Shipman pulled onto the parking lot, King met him and asked for his cell phone.

Shipman pulled the phone from his uniform pocket and gave it to King who then asked him to talk about a criminal matter he was investigating.

Once inside an interview room, King stated he explained the nature of his investigation and read Shipman the Miranda rights form.

Shipman agreed to speak with King without a lawyer present.

Shipman told King he was not responsible for the child porn.

“But, from my training and experience with criminal interviews,” King said. “I was able to note several signs of possible deception.”

"Shipman went on to say that he looks at a lot of adult pornography on his phone," the report states. Shipman said he uses the search terms "young girls" and "younger looking" on Google images.

When questioning Shipman about who might be responsible for the child porn image, he said he thought his ex-girlfriend, brothers, or fellow members of the National Guard might be to blame.

He also stated that while on patrol, he has contact with numerous people that he sometimes lets use his phone in an "unrestricted, unsupervised" manner. The detective did note, though, that Shipman had a 4-digit passcode on his phone.

Police say Shipman mentioned more than once that he was attracted to "younger looking" girls and that his friends would sometimes joke that he was "attracted to children but that they were just joking."

King stated Shipman repeatedly requested a polygraph exam and one was scheduled. However, the incident report goes on to say that the day Shipman was scheduled for a polygraph, he said he retained counsel and refused to take it.

Following the interview, Shipman was placed on administrative leave and released pending forensic evaluations. Two days later Shipman submitted his resignation.

While conducting a search warrant of Shipman's home on Highland Drive, they found a phone, later determined to be stolen from the Vault where, according to his Facebook page, Shipman worked as a floorman. Investigators also reported finding steroids and syringes in the home.

Investigators also found a laptop on his bedside table. They also found hidden beneath piles of clothing an iPad and a cell phone in a pink case. It was later determined that phone was the one reported stolen from the Vault.

Detective Gary Shackelford said during a forensic search of Shipman's electronic devices in September, he was "unable to locate specific items that we traditionally see with child pornography type cases."

However, he found six images classified as "age difficult," meaning he could not determine the exact age of the people in the photos.

On Nov. 1, King stated that he could not "positively identify any further child pornography" on Shipman's device. He later noted that from his knowledge in investigating child porn cases, that wasn't uncommon:

"It has been my experience, in past cases, that the account owner who uploaded the illegal content to the ISP's network is notified, immediately, that their account has been locked due to child pornography being located in their account. It stands to reason that the person might take steps to destroy any further illegal images or videos before the appropriate law enforcement agency can be notified. It is not uncommon that a case resulting from a cypertip would yield no evidence aside from the images or videos that are submitted with the cybertip."

Jonesboro police closed their investigation into the matter on Nov. 1.

The case has been forwarded onto Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington for review.

No word on when Ellington's review into the matter might be complete.

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