Stolen laptop leads to child pornography charges for Summerville man

Published: Oct. 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators arrested a 27-year-old Summerville man after police say they located a stolen laptop that was filled with child pornography.

The North Charleston Police Department arrested Shawn Gibeaut on Wednesday and charged him with four counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Gibeaut's arrest stems from an incident on Dec. 24, 2012 when officers responded to an address on Ashley Phosphate Road in reference to a stolen laptop. The company the victim works for told authorities that the laptop was equipped with a program that would allow police to track the computer, and what was viewed, when it was activated.

Authorities say between April 3 and 4 of this year, the computer was activated. A police report states that the victim was then able to access the computer remotely, and discovered child pornography on the laptop.

Detectives were then able to track the IP address to Gibeaut's apartment in Summerville.

On July 16, Gibeaut told detectives that he was the owner of the computer but it was no longer at his home. A police report states Gibeaut told police that the computer was at a location in Rivers Avenue, where detectives eventually recovered the laptop.

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