Robert Cliff Jr. of the 2100 block of Howell is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $150,000 bond.
He was arrested on May 1 last year after police responded to a citizen complaint that Cliff was looking at child pornography on his laptop computer inside the restaurant in the 2000 block of Union Avenue.
Investigators seized his computer and a jump drive and found more than 50 sexually explicit images of children under 18. Cliff told police the youngest child among the image he possessed was 12 years old.
Sexual exploitation of a minor is a C felony that carries punishment of 3 to 15 years in prison.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Lessie Rainey of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.