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WEB EXTRA: Court docs reveal more about child porn case

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Court documents obtained by WBTV reveal more, and graphic, details about a homeless man police say traded child porn with a middle school assistant principal.

Investigators in Tennessee arrested 35-year-old Earl Arnold, a homeless man, after he was spotted videotaping kids at Nashville High School.  When he was arrested, he was posting those images on the internet, police told WBTV.

According to an affidavit filed in Davidson County, Tennessee in late February, Arnold was interviewed by a prosecutor on the day of his arrest.

During the interview, Arnold admitted to having images of child pornography on his iPhone. Investigators obtained consent to search his iPhone and opened Arnold's KIK app.

KIK is a cross-platform smartphone application that allows real-time instant messaging and photo sharing for individuals and groups, according to its website.

Investigators found that Arnold was communication with multiple people.

One of the last people he chatted with before his arrest, according to the affidavit, was a woman on the day of his arrest.

"During the conversation, the defendant sent an image of a nude, female child that appears to be around 6-year-olds," the affidavit states. "The female child has her hands around an erect male penis."

When investigators asked about the image, Arnold said he knew the images were child pornography, but didn't know why had sent the image.

That's when investigators say they came across 32-year-old Darin Pearson, assistant principal at Sullivan Middle School in Rock Hill.

Pearson was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

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