Franklin County Deputy Facing Child Porn Charges

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UPDATED: Friday March 28, 2014 6:48 PM

 The Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy in the center of a child pornography investigation was released from jail Friday afternoon, but remains off the job.

Deputy Justin Iddings is on unpaid leave after his arrest for allegedly having child porn. 10TV obtained Iddings personnel file and it shows that he was suspended this past December for 16 days for violations including unbecoming conduct and withholding information.

Video released by the Sheriff’s office shows Iddings being booked into the jail where he worked.

He was arrested Thursday when he arrived for his shift.

Sheriff Zach Scott said detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force first linked Iddings to possible child porn back in January, but didn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest.

Deputy Justin Iddings personnel file is filled with glowing reviews, but scattered amongst the good is a number of reprimands. This past December he was handed a 16-day suspension for associating with a convicted felon and drug dealer

The Sheriff’s Office tells 10TV, he attended a probation hearing for the felon wearing a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office t-shirt, badge and gun. It was believed to be in an attempt to influence the hearing. He is also accused of not taking action when that felon removed his ankle bracelet.

His file also shows he was suspended for letting an inmate go who shouldn’t have been released, and throwing water on another inmate

Sheriff Scott says the news in unfortunate, but this type of crime is becoming less unusual.

“Unfortunately, with this particular type of crime, we've seen everybody from priests to lawyers to doctors to homeless people to cops; it's just sad,” Sheriff Scott said.

The sheriff tells 10TV detectives are combing through Iddings computer and - depending on what they find - it's possible he could face additional charges. 

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