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FBI: Neighbor borrowing internet connection was sharing child porn

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Investigators say a Middle Tennessee criminal case should be a cautionary tale about sharing your internet connection with others.

A man said he never thought much about letting his neighbor connect to the web until police wanted to search his own home and computers for child pornography.

FBI agents arrested 39-year-old Christopher Sullivan, a registered sex offender, early Wednesday for allegedly sharing hundreds of images of child pornography.

"I assumed he had cleaned up and everything was fine, but apparently not," said neighbor Richard Parrish.

Parrish said he learned the hard way about his longtime friend when several officers showed up at his Joelton home last year.

"They checked out our computers, phones - took up all of our stuff - to check out and make sure it was clear," Parrish said.

Court documents show officers originally searched Parrish's home to find the person who accessed an email address they eventually tracked back to Sullivan, who lives nearby.

Parrish said Sullivan would occasionally come over with his laptop and use Parrish's internet connection.

"We would all sit in the living room all together, so I thought it was a pretty safe assumption he's not doing anything while I am sitting right here. But, like I said, he could have come over at any time, too," Parrish said.

The FBI alleges Sullivan created a fake Facebook account and developed an online dating relationship with a 15-year-old girl who sent him naked photos of herself.

Court documents show Sullivan then took those photos, created another fake online profile and used it to entice other teen girls to do the same.

When police searched Sullivan's home, they found more than 1,400 images of possible child porn.

Parrish said he's infuriated by his old friend's actions.

"We gave him the benefit of the doubt that things were straight. It wasn't, and I haven't seen him. I'd rather not talk to him," Parrish said.

Sullivan may never have gotten caught if it weren't for a call from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigators in Middle Tennessee.

Sullivan, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to several counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, is expected in federal court Monday.

At the time of his original conviction, he was sentenced to eight years behind bars, and he remains on the state sex offender registry.

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