A Cookeville man has pleaded guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor after a recent investigation.

DA Bryant Dunaway said, “Child Sex abuse and exploitation of children is a serious problem which is prosecuted diligently by the District Attorney’s Office and our local law enforcement agencies. I am proud of the investigation and prosecution team in this case.”

After receiving a cyber-tip from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit of Cookeville Police Department began to investigate the tip, which indicated that child pornography was associated in a certain Dropbox Account.

Dropbox is a file syncing and collaboration service that allows users to access files from multiple digital devices.

By following investigative leads, detectives developed enough information to obtain search warrants for an apartment where the Dustin Reed Rugh was found. The Dropbox account in belonged to Rugh. Rugh confessed to possession of child pornography.

Last week, in the Criminal Court of Putnam County, Dustin Reed Rugh entered a plea of guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Class B felony.

He received a 10-year sentence to serve at 100% in the custody of Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Rugh shall also be placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.

Detectives Heather Marshall and Ryan Acuff with the Cookeville Police ICAC unit were the lead investigators on this case. Assistant District Attorney Antoinette Welch prosecuted the case on behalf of the DA’s Office.