Germantown firefighter charged after images of child sex abuse found in email


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Germantown firefighter is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after images of child sex abuse were found in his email accounts, Memphis police say.

In October 2020, Memphis police officers received a complaint from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through a CyberTipline Report.

According to an affidavit, child sexual abuse material was shared between two email accounts associated with a user in Memphis.

MPD obtained and executed search warrants for the contents of the accounts.

Investigators identified Jason Lowell Edgar as the account holder based on information provided to Yahoo.

The search also revealed eight files containing images of young girls engaged in sex acts, according to the affidavit.

The files were transferred between Edgar’s accounts between February 2018 and September 2020.

Investigators determined Edgar lived and worked in Shelby County.

Edgar, 41, is charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

His next court date in June 21, records show.

According to a statement from the City of Germantown, the administration suspended Edgar without pay pending an internal review.

Full statement from City of Germantown:

On Thursday, June 17, Germantown Fire Department member Jason L. Edgar was arrested by the Memphis Police Department and charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The charge resulted from an investigation that was conducted outside of his employment with the City of Germantown. Upon learning of his arrest and given the serious nature of the allegations, City Administration suspended Mr. Edgar without pay pending an internal review. Any questions related to the details of his arrest should be directed to the lead investigating agency.

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