A 20-year old man arrested last year by Murfreesboro Police is facing new charges after the TBI has wrapped up their investigation into evidence seized by police this past June.
Suspect Benjamin A. Watts was arrested last year after a call to the MPD by the Department of Children Services. It was reported that Watts had child pornographic images hanging on his apartment wall. Inside the apartment, police found pictures on the wall that appeared to be child pornography. Police say they asked Watts if the photos were his and the report on file with the MPD states that he responded, “Yes.”
Upon a further interview of Watts, he allegedly told police that he had approximately 200-images of child porn. The suspect even gave police consent to search his phone and computer for additional information. As suspected, child porn was found on the phone that Watts was in possession of. The phone and the computer belonging to Watts were transferred to the T.B.I. According to an arrest report obtained by WGNS on Tuesday, the T.B.I. investigation is now complete.
Watts now faces 100 charges of “Sexual Exploitation of a Minor” and 25 charges of “Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor” after the case was presented to the April Grand Jury. Watts remains behind bars in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
MPD Arrest Report 14-7128
MPD Arrest Report 13-11841 B – original charges
Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1003 and 39-17-1004
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office