Cordova, SC (Times & Democrat) - A Cordova woman has been accused of sexually exploiting children, including having sexually explicit photographs of a 5-month-old and transporting a 9-year-old across the state for such photographs.
The Times & Democrat reports Carrie Marie Minton, 24, of 137 Stamp Lane, has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Charles Brandon Powell, 32, of Hephzibah, Georgia, is charged with one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which led them to Powell and Minton.
Investigators alleged Powell possessed child pornography and Minton created and distributed child pornography.
According to the warrants against her, Minton:
• Allegedly photographed a minor with a visual representation depicting the minor engaged in sexual activity or appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity. Minton allegedly admitted to taking the photograph of the child, who was 5 months old at the time. It was discovered via Facebook.
• Allegedly distributed materials containing a visual representation of a minor engaged in a sexual activity or appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity.
• Allegedly transported a minor across the state with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity or appear in a state of sexually explicit nudity. The child was 9 years old at the time of the incident. The images were discovered on Facebook.
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators with the Attorney General's Office made the arrests as part of a collaborative effort with the South Carolina and Georgia ICAC Task Forces. Also assisting with this investigation and arrest were the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The case will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General's Office.
If Minton's found guilty of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, she could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison on each count. Second- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor each carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, if the defendants are found guilty.