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Child porn pic investigation involves controversial radio host

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is the city's top cop and a former homicide detective. 

"I've seen some pretty sick things," said Armstrong.

But, as a father, nothing sickens Toney Armstrong more than the image recently brought to the department's attention featuring a female toddler engaged in a sex act with an adult man.

"And never in my wildest dreams would you think someone would stoop to that level to do something as sick as that to a two year-old child," said Armstrong.

Equally disturbing, he said, is the number of people who may have shared the image via Email and social media.  That includes controversial radio and TV host Thaddeus Matthews who admitted he posted the pic on his Facebook page at the request of followers.

"It was just a matter of let's find out who the perpetrator is," said Matthews.

Matthews said he was simply trying to identify either the toddler or the man in the photo and only left the image up for an hour Tuesday afternoon.

"My history is I let pictures stay on the site," said Matthews.  "If my intent was to exploit this child, the pic would still be up."

Armstrong said investigators may question Matthews and anyone else who posted or shared the photo.   He said they committed, even if inadvertently, a crime.

"You know, we have a tendency to "oh my God, I need everybody to see this, I need to share this," said Armstrong.  "It's illegal to do that."

The primary concern of investigators is the well-being of the toddler in the photo.  They don't know if it was taken in Memphis.  Anyone with information should call police. 

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