SEP 19, 2022
(COLUMBIA, S.C.) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of David Anthony Bean, 64, of Mount Pleasant, SC, on one charge connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Mount Pleasant Police Department made the arrest. Investigators with the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Police Department, Clarendon County Sheriff's Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, all 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 Bean. Investigators state Bean distributed files of child sexual abuse material.
Bean was arrested on September 15, 2022. 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.
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.
* 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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