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Columbia man accused of sex crimes against children online

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Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:22 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Columbia man faces numerous felony charges after an investigation of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Officials say a tip led them to 46-year-old Gregory Scott Roland.

Roland is accused of distributing and possessing files of child sexual abuse material, formerly known as child pornography.*

Deputies arrested Roland on July 28 and charged him with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree and six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree.

If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 70 years in prison.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case.

*NOTE FROM THE AG’S OFFICE: 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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