Former officer charged after child porn found on laptop - WKRN News 2

Former officer charged after child porn found on laptop

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William Patterson, 40, is jailed on a $93,000 bond. William Patterson, 40, is jailed on a $93,000 bond.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Police charged a former Metro officer with sexual exploitation of a minor after more than 100 images of child porn were found on his laptop.

Authorities said William Patterson was initially arrested on Sunday afternoon on a charge of domestic assault after his girlfriend reported he repeatedly pushed her down and into walls and furniture during an argument.

The 40-year-old victim suffered bruises on her left arm and a scratch on her chest.

During the domestic assault investigation, the victim relayed information to officers that Patterson, 40, had a sexual interest in children and had child pornography on his computer.

The victim also reported Patterson sells illegal drugs, including cocaine and marijuana.

A search warrant was executed at Patterson's home where the laptop with pornographic images was discovered on Monday.

Police also found a safe that contained sandwich baggies, one of which tested positive for cocaine residue, as well as a razor blade and spoon that tested positive for cocaine residue, and a set of scales and other items indicative of drug sales.

A false computer tower was also discovered in the home which served as marijuana grow cabinet.

In addition to sexual exploitation of a minor, Patterson is charged with two felony drug paraphernalia offenses and two misdemeanor drug possession counts.

He remains jailed on a $93,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.

Police added Patterson worked as a Nashville police officer for 11 years before resigning in 2006.

Officials said Patterson resigned not in good standing in the midst of an internal affairs investigation into his using the police computer system to run a background check of a woman employed by his in-law's business.

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