An Ardmore man is facing charges for allegedly possessing child pornography after he reportedly tried to pawn his computer in February.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said the sheriff’s office was notified of the content on the device shortly after the suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Jeffrey Scott McLean, tried to pawn his computer.
The sheriff’s office then launched an investigation lasting two weeks and after interviewing McLean, Bryant said deputies found enough evidence to support arresting him on March 13.
According to Carter County court documents, McLean is accused of knowingly possessing multiple pictures of nude juveniles on or around Feb. 19. Bryant said the sheriff’s office has not determined an exact number of files yet.
McLean had reportedly been living with a relative at an Ardmore apartment complex in the 800 block of South Commerce at the time.
McLean is currently being held at the Carter County jail for the felony charge of possession of juvenile pornography. McLean’s bond is set at $25,000 and a preliminary conference is scheduled for April 9.
If found guilty, McLean could face up to 20 years of imprisonment or a fine of no more than $25,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. Anyone convicted of the felony offense of possession of juvenile pornography is not eligible for a deferred sentence.
Bryant said the public’s assistance is always appreciated and he encourages anyone who notices anything unusual to contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 223-6014. “If you see something, say something,” he said.