On September 3, 2021 Officer Justin Riles and Sgt. Laurie Beegle of the Franklin Police Department received a call from the mother of a 4 year old stating she had found inappropriate photographs and a video of her son on a friend’s phone.
The officers went to the apartment complex where this incident had occurred and located the suspect, identified as Roy Lee Hurst. The officers asked Hurst about the photos and he indicated he was aware of the same.
Hurst was taken into custody by the officers and charged with one felony count of “Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor”. Magistrate Kenneth Poling set Hurst’s bond at $80,000 and he was booked in to the Macon County Detention Center.
On September 14, 2021 Magistrate Kenneth Poling issued an additional charge of “Indecent Liberties with a Child”. Hurst’s first court appearance is scheduled for September 23.
This is an ongoing investigation with the Franklin Police Department and additional charges may be forthcoming.