SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A Southaven man was taken into custody after being accused of molesting children and distributing child pornography.
According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and an Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Daniel Coulston, 24, on Monday and charged him with molesting children under the age of 16. He was also accused of manufacturing, possessing and distributing child pornography.
Authorities said possible victims could be identified, and one of his victims looks to be as young as 8 years old.
The investigator on the case said this is one of the worst cases his office has worked in a while.
“To be fair, the images that were uploaded, it’s hard to describe without making someone sick to their stomach,” detective Chip Logan said.
Logan, with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, said Coulston confessed to molesting more than one child.
“This investigation is progressing rapidly,” Logan said.
The investigation started from a tip last week after someone spotted the troubling images online. Logan said his team knows of two victims ranging from 8 to 14-years-old who Coulston had access to.
“He was actively distributing the images and photographs and videos that he was creating,” Logan said. “He was sending those out to many individuals on social media apps of many different platforms.”
In the videos and pictures, Logan said Coulston is molesting the children. People receiving the images could also potentially be charged.
“And I can’t say all those people that he’s sending images to are in DeSoto County,” Logan said. “That’s more than likely not going to be the case. More than likely, they’re going to be spun out throughout the entire nation. If not, the world.”
Investigators searched the 24-year-old’s Southaven home Monday and seized multiple electronics believed to contain the graphic pictures.
WREG went to the home Tuesday afternoon and talked to Coulston’s father off-camera, who said he was shocked and heartbroken.
“If you’re a parent of a child that has any form of interaction with Daniel Coulston, you’re asked to contact the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department,” Logan said.
If you know anything that could help police, call the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department at 662-469-8500.
Logan said he holds classes about internet safety and how parents can protect their children. He encourages people to check the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for information about a class.