Morristown man found with child porn on computer

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Morristown detective tracked down a man and found hundreds of child pornography pictures and videos on his computer.

The Morristown Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit got a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Johnny F. Wardwell made inappropriate, explicit comments on a social media chat.

Detective Michael O'Keefe with ICAC tracked Wardwell's IP address from his computer to his house on Lennie Avenue in Morristown.

The unit found about 100 images and more than 100 videos of child pornography. Screen shots from some of the videos may have been used in chat rooms.

Now the ICAC will work with a child victim identification program to identify the minors shown in the video.

Wardwell faces charges for sexual exploitation of a minor, and could spend anywhere from 8 to 30 years in jail.

Wardwell is still in the Hamblen County Jail, with a $50,000 bond.

Morristown Police Department Chief Roger Overholt says, "I am proud of the work our investigator has done in this case. The unit was developed to protect children in our community as well as those beyond our jurisdictional boundaries. The three investigators assigned to work these types of cases continue to demonstrate their commitment to prosecuting child predators."


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