SEP 14, 2022

Lowcountry Men Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Material* Charges

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Abel Sanjuan Tranquilino, 31, of Goose Creek, S.C., and Douglas Brian Mitchell, 51, of North Charleston, S.C., on five total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and Mount Pleasant Police Department made the arrests in these unrelated cases. Investigators with the Charleston Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Secret Service, all also members of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with these investigations.

 

Investigators state that Tranquilino encouraged a minor to produce child sexual abuse material, and sent sexually explicit images to a minor. 

 

Investigators state Mitchell sent sexually explicit images to a person he believed to be a minor.

 

Tranquilino was arrested on September 7, 2022. He is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree (§16-15-395), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment on each count; and one count of disseminating obscene material to a person under age eighteen (§16-15-345), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

 

Mitchell was arrested on September 8, 2022. He is charged with two counts of disseminating obscene material to a person under age twelve (§16-15-355), a felony offense punishable by up to 15 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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