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Police sickened by Internet child porn video

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong was sickened by a pornographic video involving a child his department received on Tuesday.

Director Armstrong wants to know if the graphic video, which has been seen on Facebook and other social media websites, was made locally.

"I've seen some pretty sick things, you know, during my career and never in my wildest dreams would you ever think that someone would stoop to that level to do something as sick as that to a 2-year-old child," Director Armstrong said.

Memphis Internet talk show host Thaddeus Matthews may be in hot water after he posted what appears to be the same child porn on his Facebook page.

Matthews on Tuesday asked his Internet radio listeners and social media friends to help him catch the pervert in the photo.

"I did want some attention brought to this particular matter," Matthews said. "I think we have to search these people out. I think that these are very sick individuals whether you're black or white anyone that would depict a child in that particular manner has to be a depraved individual and we've got to do something in this community. Does it mean that I took a risk? Yeah. I took one."

Memphis police detectives are heavily involved in the case. Director Armstrong said his department's top priority is finding the child in these videos and the child pornographer who made them.

Police don't know where this child is from but they are working the case with the FBI and Internet crime experts.

Child pornography has gone viral in the Mid-South, being passed on by e-mail and social networking websites, Director Armstrong said.

Internet shock jock Matthews said several people sent him the video clip asking him to help find the child.

The image from the pornographic video was posted on Matthews' Facebook page for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, he said.

But police say that's a problem. Anyone who posts child pornography for any reason could face state and even federal charges.
 
"There was no criminal intent," Matthews said. "It's just to catch whoever his perpetrator is. Whoever it is who is sexually abusing this child, and let's understand it goes on in this city."

Director Armstrong said his department will be contacting Matthews.

"He'll have his opportunity to talk to investigators and explain his reasoning for posting such a picture," Director Armstrong said. "Certainly we would have thought the desired response would have been to contact law enforcement."

The Memphis police director also adds that if you receive this or any child pornography you should delete the photos and contact authorities. Anyone who passes this on could be in trouble with the law.
 
The ire of Memphis police might be the least of Matthews' worries. FOX13 News has learned this latest move by Matthews has caught the attention of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
    
U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton, who represents Western Tennessee, declined FOX13 News' invitation for an interview, but a member of his staff said the U.S. Attorney's Office has heard about what Matthews is accused of doing after people called their office and the FBI to complain.

Prosecutors are quick to point out that possession and posting of child porn on the Internet is a serious federal crime.

In October, a Chester County couple was sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving child porn. Daryl and Shannon Maness were convicted of pressuring young girls to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and then send the pictures to the couples' cell phone.

The Justice Department has been cracking down on sexual predators and people with child porn Who try to hide by using the Internet and other technology.
 
"When these pics are exploited over the Internet, once they're out there in the public domain, you can't take that back," Stanton said. "Every time of these exploitations of children is out there and someone sees it, they're victimized over and over again, so any one of these is one too many."

Because Matthews apparently posted child porn on the Internet during the broadcast of his talk show, he may be charged with a federal crime.

The Justice Department website says a first time offender convicted of transporting and posting child pornography could face anywhere from 5 to 20 years in prison.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney would neither confirm or deny the controversial talk show host is under investigation.

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