On Sunday Dec. 27, 2015, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed another on-going online child predator investigation. This investigation was a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch the individuals that seek to victimize our children online.
“We enjoy the partnership we share with the NC State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit. They are always happy to provide forensic support and assistance in these cases,” said Boone Police Department Investigations Commander Chris Hatton.
The arrestee in this case is:
Terry Lynn Campbell II, 34, of 102 Simpson Street in Greeneville, Tenn.
The charges filed are:
- One count of Felony Solicit Child by Computer / Appear
- One count of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child
Investigators observed a suspicious ad on a popular website posted by Cambell. The posted ad indicated that a male was seeking a “young and inexperienced” girl. Investigators feared this ad could be a predator looking for children online. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to this ad.
“The Boone Police Department is making a statement against these predators that target our children. Our officers are working hard to protect the children in our community. We will continue to be diligent in working these very difficult cases. I am very proud of our Investigator’s skill and commitment to their work,” Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford.
The poster interacted with the undercover investigator and despite being led to believe that he was interacting with a 14-year-old girl, he arranged a meeting in Boone for sexual purposes. When officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location on the arranged date and time, they approached him and conducted an interview. This interview led to the suspect’s arrest. A search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of items of evidence that further indicated the suspect was there for sexual purposes.
“Campbell is a particularly concerning individual. The evidence shows that he used advanced techniques to help him contact children online and to remain anonymous to law enforcement.” said Hatton.
Campbell’s court date was set for February 15, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000 secured bond.