A former Bedford County Corrections Facility officer has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
Daniel Alan Merrett, 44, of Melody Drive in Shelbyville, was arrested Monday. Merrett is charged as a result of an investigation into “alleged child pornography images,” the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said.
A computer at the jail, used only by Merrett, was “cloned” by Det. Sgt. Chris Brown and its contents analyzed by the Regional Organized Crime Information Center. One image of a child under 18 engaging in sex with what appeared to be an adult was discovered, Brown said in a court document.
Merrett has worked at the jail for 5 years and was a training officer, Brown said. He is no longer an employee of Bedford County, Swing said.
A background check had been conducted before Merrett was hired, according to Sheriff Austin Swing said.
Merrett was released on $5,000 bond.