Internet *** charges filed against Walterboro man
by The Press and Standard | July 12, 2019 6:45 pm
A Walterboro man faces seven criminal charges in connection with the alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.
Paul Antione Johnson 31, of Walterboro, was arrested the morning of July 11 at his Keegan Drive home by an investigator with the South Carolina Attorney General Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)Task Force.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Secret Service joined ICAC officials in the execution of a search warrant at Johnson’s home and his arrest.
Searchers reportedly removed a variety of computer equipment from the home.
Investigators allege that Johnson distributed and possessed multiple files of child pornography.
Johnson faces two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, and five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, also punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The prosecution of the charges against Johnson will be handled by the Attorney General’s Office.