MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was charged with 262 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after authorities discovered thousands of images on his phone.
According to reports, Terence Gatlin was called in to speak with investigators after they received a tip saying he was accessing sexually explicit content involving minors on the internet.
The defendant reportedly admitted to downloading child pornography and gave permission for them to search his phone. On the device, authorities discovered 333 videos and 1,221 images of sexual abuse against children.
Some of the children, authorities said, were as young as 3-months old.
The videos ranged in length from four second to 22 minutes.
Gatlin is facing 262 felony counts of exploitation of a minor.
“In this instance, it was a complaint, so we investigated it. This is what we came up with,” said Lt. Roosevelt Twilley who worked the case. “We are protecting our children, your children and everybody else who has children.”
Police arrested Gatlin at his home on Effie on Tuesday.
Lisa Pettis lives across the street and watched police quietly pull up.
“Right across the street. Wow,” she said. “Something has to be wrong with you to do something like that to a child.”
Neighbors said children live on the block, and just a few houses down, there’s a daycare.
“Such a shame for any adult to do anything like that. It’s ridiculous,” said Pettis.
Police said the investigation isn’t over just yet as they work to find out where the pictures and videos came from.
WREG checked Gatlin’s criminal history. He’s been in trouble before in Shelby County for domestic assault.
He’s being held without bond.
Police said anytime you see something suspicious to report it. Just call 545-COPS.