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Butterfield gets six months for child porn
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Possessing child porn will cost a man six months in jail after lawmen found numerous illegal images on his laptop computer.
The man, Matthew Daniel Butterfield, 28, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was ordered to serve 180 days of a six-year sentence with the remainder of his time to be spent on probation. He was released from jail on time served after entering the plea bargain. He has listed himself on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and has been ordered to undergo sex offender treatment. He is registered as living in LaVergne but is being supervised locally as it applies to his probation.
His sentence comes after sheriff’s investigators came into possession of a jump drive allegedly belonging to him. The circumstances of how they got the jump drive have not been revealed. A laptop was obtained when they came to his residence to investigate after looking at the contents of the jump drive. The external data storage stick, along with a laptop computer, reportedly both belonging to Butterfield, were sent to the TBI for analysis.
“There were in excess of 600 images the TBI considered to be child pornography,” testified sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland during Butterfield’s preliminary hearing. “There were also over 100 on the laptop computer.”
The images showed underage persons involved in sexual activity. There is no allegation the pictures were taken by Butterfield, or that there are local children in the photos.
During hearing, Butterfield’s defense questioned how lawmen knew the images belonged to him. Rowland revealed Butterfield admitted to owning the laptop. Rowland also said he found a file in the zip drive labeled “me xxx” which contained the illegal images and pictures of Butterfield.
The defense wondered who else had access to the computer, suggesting the pornography could have belonged to someone else.
Butterfield was allowed to plea to a lesser exploitation charge as the plea bargain was for possessing less than 50 illegal pictures. A number greater than that would have carried a higher sentence.