Task force arrests Charleston man for distributing child pornography

James Madison Prevatt II
James Madison Prevatt II

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police arrested a man for distributing child pornography Wednesday as part of an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation.

James Madison Prevatt, II, 33, of 6 Peeks Pike, was charged with sharing digital photographs and videos over the Internet depicting children engaged in sex acts.

A search warrant was executed at Prevatt's residence, and four computers, two hard drives and other computer-related items were seized and taken to the Charleston Police Department's digital evidence unit for forensic examination.

Prevatt is charged with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which is a felony offense punishable by two 10-year sentences. He is also charged with one count of lewd act on a minor, a felony offense, which could result in 15 years imprisonment and a fine.

A 19-month-old child has been removed from Prevatt's home and placed into emergency protective custody.

Prevatt was given a bond of $100,000 on Thursday

The arrest was announced by Attorney General Henry McMaster as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which the Charleston Police Department is a member of.

Task force investigators have received training on the use of special software to conduct undercover investigations related to the sharing of child pornography on peer-to-peer (file sharing) networks.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

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