The Nashville police department’s investigation into a suspected child pornography producer continues across state boundaries as detectives locally and in other states work to determine who else shared in illegal pornographic images of children.
Damion Faulkner, 30, of Hermitage, remained jailed Friday in lieu of $300,000 bond since his arrest Jan. 3 on charges he possessed and distributed child pornography. Additional counts related to the actual production of child porn are expected to be considered by a Davidson County grand jury as Faulkner is believed to have taken pornographic photographs of a 5-year-old girl who is the daughter of a relative and distributed them via email and the Internet.
The investigation of Faulkner began after Det. Maggie Holbrook with the Vancouver, Wash. Police Department determined a computer IP address linked to a child porn investigation in Washington was registered to a Nashvillian. Holbrook was especially concerned in that, as a veteran investigator, she was seeing images of this particular female victim for the first time. They were not among photos she knew to be in wide circulation.
Metro Nashville Det. Mike Adkins, who is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, followed up on the Washington information and confirmed the IP address was registered to Faulkner at a Hermitage address. Adkins and Det. Chad Gish, an expert forensic electronics analyst, executed a search warrant at Faulkner’s home where they discovered evidence of production, distribution and possession of child pornography. Adkins and Gish were especially concerned the case involved production of images in addition to electronic distribution.
The continuing investigation since resulted in the development of other out-of-state email addresses where Faulkner is believed to have sent images. Authorities in those locations are conducting investigations.
The 5-year-old involved in the case was identified and is now living with her family in another county.
Anyone with information about Faulkner’s involvement with any other children in the Nashville area is asked to contact Adkins at 615-862-7540.