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Police make arrest for child pornography, meth for resale

Michael Quarles (left) and Megan Peck.

March 2, 2018 – The Dunlap Police Department (DPD) made two separate arrests this week at Dunlap Garden Apartments, on Buddy Skyles Road in Dunlap – one for sexual exploitation of a minor and the other on drug charges.

Michael Joseph Quarles, 33, of Dunlap was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 27, and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, for possessing child pornography with pictures of a female acquaintance in her teens.

Megan Nicole Peck, 31, of Dunlap was arrested Thursday, March 1, and charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Dunlap police officers accompanied social workers from the Department of Children Services on a home visit to an apartment in the Dunlap Garden complex in January. An acquaintance who lived in the apartment with Quarles gave a cell phone to them which reportedly contained inappropriate photos of a minor.

We applied for a search warrant for the phone,” Dunlap Detective Robert Raber said Friday. The warrant was necessary to give detectives authority to access what was on the cell phone.

At the time, the suspect was being held in the Sequatchie County Jail on an unrelated domestic violence charge.

It took about a month to coordinate with the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) to dump the phone,” Det. Raber said.

According to Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth, the TBI has equipment that can reveal images that are on the phone, or that were once on the phone but have been deleted. Their investigation revealed 32 illicit photos of a teenage girl that was known to the suspect.

Quarles was released from jail Thursday, Feb. 22, and arrested on the new charges Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The investigation is ongoing, and local police are working in collaboration with federal authorities.

There could be potentially other charges” against Quarles, Chief Huth said.

Quarles is being held in the Sequatchie County Jail pending a bond hearing in General Sessions Court Monday, March 5.

METHAMPHETAMINE FOR RESALE

At 8:20 p.m. Thursday, officers from the DPD, the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department (SCSD), the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF), and the TBI Drug Investigation Division executed a search warrant at another apartment in the Dunlap Garden Apartments and arrested Peck on the charge of possession of methamphetamine for resale.

Officers for these agencies have been conducting a joint investigation into illegal drug trafficking at this residence and were successful in obtaining evidence to support the search warrant,” Chief Huth said. “Upon searching the residence, officers discovered approximately 1 ounce of methamphetamine that was in the process of being weighed out and packaged for resale. Officers also confiscated scales and other items utilized in the distribution of methamphetamine.”

Peck also is being held at the Sequatchie County Jail, with a scheduled bond hearing in General Sessions Court Monday.