Richland County Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 5, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Thomas Belton Goff, (age 37) of Columbia, SC, on 11 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.


Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Goff. Investigators state Goff distributed multiple files of child pornography.  


Goff was arrested on September 3, 2019. He is charged with 11 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.


The case 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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