Laborne Myers Waltrip

Laborne Myers Waltrip, 62, of Blountville

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Laborne Waltrip, 62, of Blountville, with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after child pornography was found on a computer during a search of his home Thursday morning.

According to a press release:

• The sheriff’s office recently received two tips through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding suspected child pornography.

• Investigators began in investigation into the suspected child pornography and secured subpoenas to determine the physical location of the Internet Protocol (IP) address that was provided with the tips.

• Thursday morning a search warrant was executed at the residence of Waltrip.

• A computer was seized for review during the search and an examination of its contents revealed seven images of children engaged in sexual activity.

• Waltrip was arrested and charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

• As of Thursday afternoon, Waltrip remained in the Sullivan County Jail and bond had not yet been set.

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