FEB 08, 2024

Charleston County Men Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Material* Charges

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Thomas A. Walker, 83, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Tyler James Hudson, 19, of Johns Island, S.C., on 13 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Mount Pleasant Police Department and Charleston County Sheriff's Office made the arrests in these unrelated cases. Investigators with the Attorney General's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Charleston Police Department, and S.C. Probation, Parole, and Pardon, all also members of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with these investigations.

 

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Walker.  Investigators state Walker possessed child sexual abuse material and Hudson distributed files of child sexual abuse material.

 

Walker was arrested on February 6, 2024. He is charged with 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.

 

Hudson was arrested on February 6, 2024. He is charged with three 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.

 

 

Both of 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.

 

 

 

* Child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, is a more accurate reflection of the material involved in these heinous and abusive crimes. "Pornography" can imply the child was a consenting participant.  Globally, the term child pornography is being replaced by CSAM for this reason.

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