Police: Local man admits to photographing, raping 8-year-old boy

WATCH: Local man admits to photographing, raping 8-year-old boy, police say

SHELBY CO., Tenn. — A Millington man is facing charges of child rape and exploitation of a minor after police said he admitted to several lewd acts.

Austin Fitzhugh was arrested Friday after Millington police and Homeland Security investigated a complaint into possible child pornography in his possession.

According to a police affidavit, authorities searched his home in the 4800 block of Union Road and found Fitzhugh’s cellphone.

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When investigators searched his device, they found several images depicting “prepubescent children in a state of nudity and performing sex acts.” They also noted that bedding and window coverings in Fitzhugh’s bedroom matched the background in several of the photos.

In several photos, police said an unidentified 8-year-old child lay on the bed nude with an erection.

Police said Fitzhugh admitted to taking the photos. He also said that he “put the 8-year-old child’s penis in his mouth and penetrated the 8-year-old child’s anus with his finger.”

According to police, Fitzhugh was charged with rape of a child and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

Millington Police told FOX13 Fitzhugh was released Saturday on a $100,000 bond pending a court appearance.