Covington County man denied bond on federal child porn charges

Covington County man denied bond on federal child porn charges
David Campbell

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Covington County man facing federal charges of possession and distribution of child pornography has been denied bond.

David Tee Campbell, 40, appeared in federal court at the William M. Colmer Federal Building in Hattiesburg, Tuesday morning for a preliminary and detention hearing.

According to testimony from an undercover Homeland Security agent, Campbell was involved in possessing and distributing child pornography.

Testimony revealed the investigation began in November 2014, after an email address, {daveshop1218}, belonging to Campbell was used to send a video containing a minor female child participating in sexually explicit activity was picked up through their office in Tampa Florida.

Through the course of the investigation, surveillance was conducted of Campbell's home, which is located at in the 500 block of Cascio Tanomina Road in Seminary.

Agents with Homeland Security, ATF, MBI, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant Friday afternoon, taking Campbell into custody.

During the search, investigators recovered a smart phone, "a Kindle type tablet," and an Android phone, as well as a desktop and laptop computer.

The agent testified that a preliminary forensic search of the evidence, the tablet alone, showed 64 videos, some of which was children ranging from 2 to 4 years in age participating in sexually explicit acts.

Testimony revealed that a statement was given by Campbell during an interview, where he said "we would find videos and images on the smart phone and tablet."

Investigators added that the preliminary forensic search is just the start, just what is basically on the surface; they have not even started the extensive search of the electronic devices from the home.

Campbell's wife of more than 16 years, Mary Campbell, testified about his current job driving trucks in Texas, as well as his time frame that he spent at their residence in Seminary. She mentioned their children as well as her two grandchildren, both between the ages of 2 and 4.

Campbell's father, David Terry Campbell, also testified, answering questions about his home, and if a bond was set, could his son live with him.

Magistrate Judge Michael Parker took nearly an hour recess to review details of possible bond options, however decided against it, because there is no guarantee that the community can be kept safe from Campbell.

Campbell was ordered to be detained, pending further orders from the court.