NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Technical Services Unit has resulted in the indictment of a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.     

On June 22nd, TBI Special Agents received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That tip indicated that on May 2nd, an individual was in possession of images suspected to be child pornography on his cell phone. As a result of that investigation, Agents developed information that John Bruce Spaulding, a deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, was that individual with those images on his phone.                                                        

On Wednesday, the Hamilton County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Spaulding, 49, with six counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The Chattanooga man was arrested Thursday and booked into the Hamilton County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Spaulding has been suspended without pay from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

John Spaudling