On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed an 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.
Investigators observed a suspicious ad on a popular website. 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 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.
Upon confronting the suspect, Terry Lynn Campbell II, Investigators were able to positively identify him for the first time in the investigation. After this arrest was made, an investigation into Campbell’s other online activities began. This investigation has led the Boone Police Department to charge Campbell with additional felony violations. Boone Police filed these additional charges on Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016. Campbell was arrested at the Watauga Detention Center and then taken before Magistrate D. Shore.
“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.” – Dana Crawford, Chief of Police
The arrestee in this case is:
Terry Lynn Campbell II, 34, of 102 Simpson Street in Greeneville, Tenn.
The new charges filed are:
- Ten counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
- Ten counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Campbell was initially charged with one count of felony to solicit child by computer and one count of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Campbell’s court date was set for March 3, 2016, and his conditions of release were set as a $75,000 secured bond.