Fmr. Corrections Employee Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of Minor
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A former Tennessee Department of Corrections manager in Clarksville has been charged after police found numerous child pornography images on his home computers.
Clarksville Police arrested 66-year-old Dexter Mason Tuesday and charged him with sexual exploitation of a minor. Corrections officials confirmed that Mason worked as a manager in the Probation and Parole office in Clarksville. His position included supervising others with the goal of making sure sex offenders were complying with state law.
Police said their investigation began in August when DCS referred an allegation of sexual battery against a minor to them. Detectives seized three computers from Mason's home during the execution of a search warrant. The computers were turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, who found numerous images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity.
"Talking to the investigator he said these are probably some of the worst images he's seen," said Clarksville Police Officer Jim Knoll.
Mason retired from the department in September 2012 and if convicted of the crime could face jail time, having to register as a sex offender himself as well as the loss of his state retirement benefits.
Police said their investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are expected. Mason was released on $150,000 bond.
All Mason declined to comment on the case from his home Wednesday afternoon but did say, "I'm doing not as well as I would like."