published Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Dayton, Tenn., man arrested after child pornography found on camera he pawned

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    Billy Estep, 51, was charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and eight counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Dayton, Tenn., pawn shop employee who accidentally knocked over a camera in the back of the store last week was shocked when she turned on the device to ensure it worked, Dayton police officials say.

Stored on the camera were pornographic images of three children between the ages of 2 and 6, Dayton Police Department Investigator Steve Rievley said.

The camera was turned over to authorities, and Billy Estep, 51, has been charged with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and eight counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

Rievley said the children were related to Estep, and that there is no indication how long the abuse had been going on. “They were recent photos, taken within a few months,” he said.

Estep could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Investigators traced the camera to Estep through the pawn slip he turned in with the camera, which included a copy of his driver’s license. He regularly pawned items at the U.S. Money Shops store, employees told police. “He pawns a lot of things there. He may just have been tight for cash and forgotten what was on the camera,” Rievley said.

An employee at U.S. Money Shops said Wednesday that the store had no comment.

Estep paid a $10,000 bond and was released Dec. 11 from the Rhea County Jail, records show.

Rievley said the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has intervened and that the children have been moved to a different home.

Contact staff writer Kate Harrison at or 423-757-6673.

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Lr103 said...

No comments from fedup350 and that crowd? Wonder why?

December 21, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
bigguy said...

Whoever sold him that camera needs to be shot!

December 21, 2011 at 9:45 p.m.
Momus said...

Where are the COLORFUL comments from Saban101 and Joneses?

December 22, 2011 at 7:16 a.m.
jesse said...

actualy i think as soon as they git thru checkin his ass out they need to nominate him for a "darwin award" cause being STUPID will bite you on the ass quicker than being mean and bad!!

December 22, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
Bumpkin said...

Jesse, just so you know they won't sell that camera to you.

December 24, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.
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