Two Dyersburg Men Indicted Following Separate TBI Investigations

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A youth softball coach is charged after an investigation found the 32-year-old was exposing players on the team to inappropriate photographs. At least two people on the team saw the pictures. 

Shawn Braden from Dyersburg was indicted on the charges, according to a TBI press release.

No one was home at his last address, but the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department told Local 24 a parent filed a complaint on July 29th.

It’s believed the photographs were sent through Snapchat.

Braden, according to TBI, was charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor. 

According to investigators he coached on a volunteer basis for BigTyme Athletics out of Dyersburg.

Over the phone the program director of the program told Local 24 Braden was never really a coach but that he had a family member involved in the program. The director wouldn’t comment further. However, he did imply that if he wanted to release a statement it would be on his Facebook page.

TBI records show Braden has one misdemeanor DUI charge. He turned himself in to officials Dyer County jail. After spending less than an hour in jail he posted bond which was set at $10,000.

On the same day Braden turned himself in another man also surrendered to law enforcement officials.

20-year-old Zachary Permenter was charged with more than a dozen counts of taking inappropriate pictures of an underage child. Investigators said the photographing had been going on for at least two years.

Permenter also bonded out of jail. Bond was set at $10,000.

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