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Corrections Officer from Batesville Due in Federal Court Today on Child Porn Charges

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JANUARY 24, 2007 - Posted at 10:45 a.m. CST, updated at 7:39 a.m. CST on 1/25/07

 

MEMPHIS, TN - A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Batesville man with various violations of federal criminal laws involving the distribution of child pornography and child exploitation.

Bruce Leldon Chunn, 53, is charged with transporting and shipping child pornography in interstate commerce by means of a computer to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity and traveling over state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney for Western Tennessee.  Federal prosecutors say Chunn drove to Memphis thinking he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The indictment resulted from investigations conducted by member agencies of the Memphis Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically the FBI, Shelby Co. Sheriff's Dept., and Memphis Police Department.  The indictment follows the filing of a criminal complaint and arrest of Chunn on Saturday, January 20.  Prosecutors say Chunn went to Memphis after he used Internet text messaging to persuade a person he thought was a teenager to meet him in Tennessee.  When Chunn checked into a motel to meet the teenager, he was arrested by federal agents.

Authorities say Chunn used the Yahoo screen name "lonewolf3606" to correspond with a person he thought was an underage girl, but was actually Memphis police detective Michael T. Spearman.  The detective said Chunn discussed meeting the 14-year-old girl and her 13-year-old friend for sex.

Chunn was also accused of e-mailing at least five photos on January 5 of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and five similar photos three days later.  He is to appear today in federal court at Memphis for a detention hearing.

According to U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, Chunn is employed as an officer with the Arkansas Department of Corrections at the Grimes Prison Unit at Newport.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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