Lancaster Co. man gets 7 years in prison for child pornography

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 25, 2019 – Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that a Lancaster County man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing child pornography. On October 22nd, Charles Poston pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Third Degree in Lancaster County before the Honorable Brian Gibbons.

“Our Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is working around the clock to protect our children from this despicable crime,” Attorney General Wilson said. “We’re constantly making arrests like this one and those trading in child pornography are getting substantial prison sentences.”

On March 22, 2019, Google contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to a person in Lancaster County, SC uploading child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office who forwarded the case to the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office. Investigators Simpson and Lyons, with LCSO, identified Charles Poston as a suspect and executed a search warrant on his home in Lancaster County. A forensic examination of electronic devices seized during the search warrant located additional files of child pornography. Poston was already a registered sex offender and admitted to investigators to uploading the child pornography.

Poston was sentenced to 7 years in prison and forfeited his electronic devices.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Ryan.

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