NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former College of Charleston adjunct professor is facing 12 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors, according to a release from the state attorney general's office.
Lazaro Vega-Sanabria is charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree, according to South Carolina Attorney General's Office spokesman Mark Powell.
Each count is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, he said.
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on April 30, 2014, when North Charleston Police seized a laptop computer after Vega-Sanabria had been accused of fondling two minor victims, Powell said.
He said a forensic exam revealed it contained images depicting child pornography.
The North Charleston Police Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, made the arrest.
The College of Charleston issued a statement at the time the accusations were made that he would be terminated from the faculty, adding he had passed a college-mandated nationwide background check prior to being hired in August, 2013