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A Jackson man will have a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon after being arraigned on charges that he downloaded and shared child pornography, according to a Tuesday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.

On Tuesday morning, in Jackson City Court, 24-year-old Ricco L. Shanklin was arraigned on a charge of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor. He will have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in city court.

Shanklin remained in custody in the Madison County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

The release said in December, JPD investigators were told that Shanklin downloaded child pornography on his computer.

JPD's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is part of JPD’s Special Investigations Bureau, executed a search warrant at Shanklin's residence on Monday evening. Evidence that Shanklin had downloaded and shared sexually explicit videos of young children and teens on the Internet was found by investigators.

Shanklin was arrested and taken to jail.

Police ask that anyone with information about adults soliciting minors for sex or sexually explicit images contact the Special Investigations Bureau at 731-425-8611.

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