|William J. Patterson|
Sex crimes detectives charged a former Nashville police officer with sexual exploitation of a minor Monday after more than 100 images of child pornography were found on his home laptop computer.
William J. Patterson, 40, was initially arrested Sunday afternoon on a charge of domestic assault, police said in a news release. The 40-year-old victim had bruises on her left arm and a scratch on her chest.
Based on a tip from the victim, sex crimes detectives executed a search warrant at Patterson’s home early Monday. A cursory forensic examination of a laptop computer recovered from the master bedroom revealed more than 100 explicit images of adults engaging in sexual activity with minors, police said.
Also during the search, police said, a bevy of evidence was uncovered that suggested Patterson might have sold marijuana and cocaine, including a false computer tower that was actually a grow cabinet with a warming light.
In addition to sexual exploitation of a minor, Patterson is charged with two felony drug paraphernalia offenses and two misdemeanor drug possession counts. Patterson’s total bond is set at $93,000.
Patterson worked as a Nashville police officer for eleven years, from 1995 to 2006. He resigned six years ago in the midst of an internal affairs investigation into his using the police computer system to run a personal background check of a woman.