A Clarksville man, who was on the way to becoming a substitute teacher, was arrested last week and charged with possession of child pornography, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart’s office.

By WKRN Web Staff

A release says on March 17, agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Austin Kidd, 27, at his home. Kidd appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge Wednesday morning for a detention hearing and was ordered to be held in custody pending trial.

The criminal complaint says in March 2020, HSI Nashville received an investigative referral pertaining to Kidd and his activity on the internet in April 2019. Agents identified a Facebook account “ShadowPhoenix24,” that belonged to Kidd.

Further investigation revealed IP addresses associated with Kidd’s home address in Clarksville.

Agents were also aware that in August 2019, another law enforcement agency notified the FBI of an IP address in San Antonio that was used to access online child sexual abuse and exploitation material.

The San Antonio address was found to have been occupied by Kidd during the time the child sexual abuse and exploitation material was accessed before he relocated to Clarksville.

Agents seized Kidd’s cell phone and other media storage devices. To date, approximately 260 suspected images and videos depicting child sexual abuse have been identified on the devices, the release said.

The complaint further alleges that Kidd is in the final hiring process to become a substitute teacher for middle school children.

If convicted, Kidd faces up to 20 years in prison.

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