Clover Men Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 17, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Nathaniel Blake Arguedas (age 20) and David M. Johnson (age 54), both of Clover, SC, on 27 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the York County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and United States Secret Service, both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigations.

 

Investigators received CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Arguedas and Johnson.  Investigators state both Arguedas and Johnson distributed and possessed files of child pornography.  In addition, Arguedas solicited a minor for sex and engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

 

Arguedas was arrested on April 30, 2019, with additional charges filed on May 13.  He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, one second and one third degree (§16-3-655); one count of criminal solicitation of a minor (§16-15-342), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count; ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count; and one count of dissemination of obscene material to a person under age twelve (§16-15-355), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

 

Johnson was arrested on May 16, 2019.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

 

These cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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