Sumter man sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor
Officials said an investigation into Singer began in July 2017
SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - A Sumter man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday, May 11, for the sexual exploitation of a minor.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced a Sumter County jury found Ricky Leroy Singer guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree and five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in the third degree.
Officials said an investigation into Singer began in July 2017, when Investigator Kevin Atkins with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office identified a user of a file-sharing network was making files of child sexual abuse material available.
The investigation showed that the user was located at a residence in Sumter County, belonging to Singer.
A search warrant was executed at Singer’s residence. Singer was arrested after an on-scene inspection of his computer located additional files of child sexual abuse material, officials stated.
Investigator David Grubbs with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office conducted a forensic examination of Singer’s computer and located additional information that showed that Singer was responsible for the child sexual abuse material.
In addition to his six-year sentence, Singer will have to register as a sex offender upon his release, officials said.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Ryan.
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