COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Manchester man was arrested Monday after investigators said they connected him with an account that was sharing child sexual abuse material on the internet.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, along with the 14th Judicial District Attorney General, launched an investigation on Sept. 25 into allegations of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the TBI, an account user had been sending images of child sexual abuse material via an unspecified website. In an arrest affidavit, investigators said the images depicted minors in “sexual provocative poses and performing sexual acts.”
The activity had reportedly been going on between July 5 and July 7. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information that they said led to the identification of 48-year-old Daniel Odell Gregory as the person behind the account.
A spokesperson for Rutherford County Schools confirmed that Gregory was employed as a school counselor at Siegel Middle School in a statement emailed to parents and employees Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said Gregory had been accessing the website from his home in Coffee County.
TBI agents, along with deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, tracked Gregory down on Monday, Oct. 9 and took him into custody.
He is charged with 11 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and was booked into the Coffee County Jail on a $950,000 bond. Each charge represents a separate count for when each image was allegedly sent.
Gregory was hired by Rutherford County Schools on Aug. 15, 2006. According to the school system, the charges against him did not involve any Rutherford County students. Officials said he resigned from his position upon learning of the charges.
“We know this information is concerning to parents and students, and we too are disturbed by the charges,” the school’s statement said. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist with the investigation.”