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Published: May 22, 2020


ON WEDNESDAY, A MAURY COUNTY GRAND JURY, HANDED DOWN A 469 COUNT INDICTMENT AGAINST 7 INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN A CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION RING. AN INVESTIGATION BEGAN IN FEBRUARY THE MAURY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, WORKING WITH THE FBI AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, MADE THE ARRESTS IN FEBRUARY AFTER AN INVESTIGATION OF DISTURBING IMAGES OF CHILD SEX ACTS SHOWED UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND ON CELL PHONE VIDEOS. CLINTON SHAWN GRANSDEN AND MICHELLE KLEN ARE THE ALLEGED RING LEADERS AND INVESTIGATORS IDENTIFIED GRANSDEN AFTER HE REPORTEDLY HAD SEX WITH A CHILD AND THE IMAGES WERE CAPTURED ON THE CELL PHONES OF JESSE SMITH, CONNIE COPLEY, AND ANGEL MORALES DEPASQUALE. IN ADDITION A VIDEO WAS FOUND ON CHRISTOPHER SAYRE’S PHONE, OF WHICH THE CHILD WAS IDENTIFIED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN AND JULIE MAY JOHNSON WAS FOUND TO HAVE EXCHANGED PORNOGRAPHIC IMAGES OF CHILDREN WITH THE GROUP. THE MEMBERS OF THE RING FACE VARIOUS CHARGES INCLUDING AGGRAVATED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR.