By: Tilly Dillehay Editor
October 15, 2013
A Red Boiling Springs man was indicted and arrested this week on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after investigators found over 100 sexual images of minors on his home computer. Thomas Jefferson Fetters, age 64, had been acquiring and circulating the images on the internet.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Department began the investigation earlier this year, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. Investigators entered Fetters’ home at 3910 Oak Grove Road some months ago and confiscated computer equipment.
The computer hard drives were sent to a laboratory for forensic examination. “After a thorough examination,” said Macon County Chief Deputy Bryan Satterfield, “hundreds of pornographic images were found, which appeared to be juveniles, presented in a sexual manner.” Satterfield clarified that none of these images appeared to have been created by Fetters, and did not depict any known minors in the Macon County area. They were acquired online.
The Sheriff’s Department presented their case to the Grand Jury on Monday, October 7, and a sealed indictment was handed down. Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department arrested Fetters on Thursday, October 10.
The charges were: one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor (over 100 images) and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor (the aggravated charge implies the distribution of images). His bond was set at $50,000.
Fetters posted bond just before his first Criminal Court appearance on Tuesday, October 15. Judge Durham instructed Fetters that he would need to acquire legal representation before his November 25 court date, as he was deemed financially able to do so.