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Former Nashville police officer indicted on child pornography www.privateofficer.com
Nashville TN Nov Dec 2 2012 A former Metro police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of possession and receipt of child pornography.
William J. Patterson, 40, was taken into federal custody on Tuesday after an earlier investigation by Metro police found him to be in possession of child pornography.
Patterson was initially arrested Sept. 9 on a domestic assault charge after police said he repeatedly pushed his girlfriend down.
During Metro’s investigation of the assault charges, Patterson’s girlfriend told police that he had a sexual interest in children and had pornographic images of children on his computer. She also told officers he dealt cocaine and marijuana
Sex crimes detectives then completed a search of Patterson’s home and personal computer, which revealed more than 100 pornographic images of adults and minors engaged in sexual activity.
The search also resulted in the discovery of various drug paraphernalia, many of which tested positive for cocaine, and a false computer tower, which housed a grow cabinet, warming light and instructions on how to grow marijuana.
Patterson was an officer for Metro police from 1995 to 2006. He resigned after an internal investigation showed he was using department computers to run a background check on a woman who was employed at his brother-in-law’s business.