Police have confirmed that a correctional officer at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison was fired for looking at child pornography on the job.
According to Metro Police the man who has been identified as Randall McLendon was arrested and charged on Tuesday for viewing child pornography on his work computer.
The arrest of Mclendon was done after an investigation was conducted by MNPD Sex Crimes detectives, according to officials.
The detectives were informed by Warden Mays, who observed McLendon looking at his computer in a suspicious manner. Mays went ahead and used internal software to determine that the officer was looking at pornographic images. He then reported the incident to TDOC's Office of Investigations and Compliance and Metro Police.
According to TDOC officials, McLendon was terminated after the investigation was complete.“Integrity is key to any position in the Department of Correction but especially for our security staff,” says TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker. “I applaud the quick work of Warden Mays and the Office of Investigations and Compliance. I also caution all of our staff to remember the oath they took when joining the department. Should they forget, I will quickly remind them that any criminal activity will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The officer was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and he is set to pay a bond of $25,000. His next appearance in court will be on Feb. 22.