The Memphis Police Department ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) received a tip from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that 34-year-old Terence Markell Gatlin was watching child porn on the Internet. The police started their investigation and soon called the man from Memphis, Tennessee, for a talk.
Based on the records, Gatlin did not use his right to remain silent and admitted that he had downloaded child pornography and allowed the police to access his phone. It didn’t take long for the authorities to find 333 images and 1,221 images of children engaged in a sexual activity. Gatlin was arrested and charged.
The age of the children involved ranges from 3 months to less than 18 years. The minimum and maximum duration of the videos are 4 seconds and 22 minutes respectively. It has yet to be discovered where the images and videos came from. The identities of the nude children in the images and videos are also unknown.
At the moment, Gatlin has been charged with 262 charges of felony. According to federal standards, every video counts 75 still images, which make all the video material found on Gatlin’s phone equal 24,975 images. Adding that to the remaining 1,221 images, and considering that one felony count requires 100 images, Gatlin has earned an unprecedented number of 262 felonies.
One of Gatlin’s neighbors, Sharonda Killebrew said, "I been knowing this guy for years and years and never thought nothing like this about him at all. Like he even used to work at a daycare with me."
This is surely one of the largest child porn busts from the Memphis Police Department.
Gatlin is currently held at the county jail, without bond. The police hope this will be a good lesson and a warning to others who may be engaged in a similar crime.