By George Brown
Memphis - A Memphis police officer has been charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Memphis police received a complaint from a person who found a cell phone at a business Thursday.
Police say the person saw several images of children, “involved in sexual acts with unknown adult males.”
Memphis Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children investigators obtained a search warrant for the cellular phone and observed the graphic images.
Matthew Ashmore, 26, who is a Memphis police officer, was arrested.
Ashmore, who has been a police officer since 2009 and is assigned to the South Main Station, is relieved of duty with pay while an investigation is underway.
“It really sickens me to find that someone who has been sworn to protect the citizens and uphold the law would prey on our innocent children”, said Director Toney Armstrong in a news release.