WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office reported four men have been indicted on sexual exploitation charges.
Over the past month, deputies along with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force worked together to take the Williamson County men into custody.
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- Joshua Shinbaum, 26, of Franklin: Two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor over 50 images and sexual exploitation of a minor over 100 images
- Conor Logan, 28, of Franklin: Four counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor over 50 images, and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor over 25 images
- Warren Bryant, 65, of Brentwood: Sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor over 50 images
- Julian Alderman, 43, of Franklin: Aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor over 100 images, and eight counts of violation of the sex offender registry.
“People don’t realize that there’s a real child victim somewhere in the world that was used to create that image or video that our offenders are out there trading,” said Detective Paul Lusk, digital forensic examiner at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
The WCSO-ICAC Task Force began investigating Julian Alderman after it was discovered that he was sharing child sexual abuse material utilizing the BitTorrent Network, according to a release. Alderman was registered as a sex offender in 2017 after pleading guilty to similar charges in Nashville.
According to the sheriff’s office, Alderman was arrested on Sept. 15 and was given a $50,000 bond. On Sept. 17, he bonded out. Lusk said the department is looking into other possible charges involving Alderman stemming from the ongoing investigation.
“These guys that are on the registry that are reoffending, it makes the community very nervous and especially people that are living right next door to them,” Lusk said.
According to a release, the WCSO-ICAC Task Force works hand-in-hand with the Sex Offender Registry investigative team in Williamson County. The WCSO-ICAC Task Force works proactively within the community to ensure that violent sex offenders preying on our youth are stopped and ultimately brought to justice.
Lusk told News 2 sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Snapchat are required to report any minor exploitation images that come across their servers. Those instances are most commonly reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who vet tips and turn them over to local law enforcement agencies.
“You’re going to get caught eventually, regardless of what safeguards you use,” Lusk said. “When your case goes before a jury in Williamson County, and hopefully anywhere in this country, they’re not going to have any pity on you and hopefully you’ll get convicted and do the time.”
If you have a tip related to online child sexual exploitation, please submit this information online via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline here.
If you have any questions or concerns related to these cases, reach out to Lusk by emailing Paul.Lusk@Williamsoncounty-tn.gov.