Man’s best friend helping officers crack child exploitation cases

Nov 28, 2022

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Child exploitation cases are increasing across the country, and detectives are working hard to lock up offenders.

“People are sharing it over the internet at rates, you know, 10 or 15 years ago wasn’t possible,” Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensic Examiner Paul Lusk explained.

Paul Lusk works in the basement of the old Williamson County Historic Courthouse; it’s where the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office houses its Digital Forensic Lab.

“We handle digital forensics for all the cases in our county as well as assisting other counties around us,” Lusk said.

Lusk’s department handles cases involving drugs, fraud, theft, and child exploitation cases.

So far this year, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has made 19 arrests, which resulted in 115 felony charges against people harming children.