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Nashville Child Porn Investigation Leads to South Carolina Educator's Arrest

3/18/2013

March 18, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The child pornography case involving a Nashville homeless man has resulted in the arrest of a South Carolina assistant school principal.
          
Darin Pearson, 32, was taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police on Friday (Pearson actually lives in North Carolina) and is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.  His arrest followed the execution of a search warrant at his residence.
          
Metro police alerted North Carolina authorities that Pearson’s name had surfaced in an investigation here involving Earl W. Arnold, 34.  Officers conducted a consensual interview with Arnold on February 25th after the Hume Fogg High School community became concerned about him recording students on his iPhone outside the downtown campus.  Arnold permitted detectives to look at his phone, during which child pornography was discovered.  Arnold was charged on February 25th with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
          
Further forensic examination of Arnold’s phone by Detectives Mike Adkins and Chad Gish revealed child porn images had been sent to/traded with other individuals.  Pearson’s name was developed as a result of the phone analysis.  The investigation is continuing in regard to identifying others with whom Arnold may have exchanged images of child pornography.  Arnold is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

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Earl W. Arnold