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Six men charged in child pornography crackdown

All six men used the internet or social media to distribute child pornography.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- Six men are facing charges after being caught in a Lexington County child pornography crackdown.

All the arrests happened between May 1 and May 4. Jacob Tyler Burks, Rodney Black, James Deese, Sean Wilcox, William Freeman, and Stephen Downs are charged with sexual exploitation of minors. In detail, here are the charges:

Burks - three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree
Black - five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree
Deese - one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree
Wilcox - one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree
Freeman - one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree
Downs - one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree

Second degree sexual exploitation of a minor is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. First degree sexual exploitation of a minor is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

Investigators received multiple online tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led to their arrests. All six men used the internet or social media to distribute child pornography.

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