Colleton County man arrested on child pornography charges

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 23-year-old Cottageville man after agents with the Department of Homeland Security notified local authorities that several images of a child were posted by the suspect at a website frequented by pedophiles.

Investigators charged Rusty Michael Hall with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, simple possession of marijuana and probation violation.

On June 11, the sheriff's office was contacted by agents with Homeland Security regarding Hall who authorities say posted several images of a 6 or 7-year-old male on a website which is frequented by pedophiles.

Homeland Security, the sheriff's office and the SC Probation and Parole office then executed a search warrant at Hall's home on Breanna Court and confiscated computers, cell phones, computer disks and drives, several weapons, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

An incident report states a preliminary search of the computer storage devices which officials say contained what appeared to be a large amount of child pornography.

Hall's bond was set at $25,000.

The sheriff's office is continuing the investigation.

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