Man charged after allegedly posting fake photo of fallen deputy's gravesite on social media

Posted at 9:50 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 22:58:20-05

DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was charged after investigators say he created and shared a fake photo of people urinating on the grave of deceased law enforcement officer, Sgt. Daniel Baker.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation worked with Dickson Police Department detectives to arrest Joshua Andrew Garton.

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Joshua Garton

The image was posted to a profile under the name of Joseph Callaway. It showed two men standing at a gravesite urinating on the headstone with a caption reading, "Just showing my respect to Deputy Daniel Baker from the #dicksonpolicedepartment." It gained the attention of law enforcement.

Agents visited Baker’s gravesite Friday morning and determined the photo was digitally manufactured. Their investigation led them to Garton as the person who made the image and shared it on social media.

Agents arrested Garton Friday afternoon and charged him with one count of Harassment and booked him into the Dickson County Jail where, because of this charge and other, unrelated legal issues, he was being held on a $76,000 bond.