Child pornography was found on the computer of a North Augusta man, leading to the seizure of his computer and a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Public Safety Chief John Thomas.
William Berry, 28, of Linnet Loop, was arrested Monday, three days after a search warrant was served at his residence as part of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The arrest was made with the assistance of North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
More charges are pending the outcome of an investigation into the contents of Berry’s computer. A roommate in Berry’s home was not charged.
South Carolina’s Task Force is operated through the Attorney General’s Office and works closely with law enforcement around the state, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and several other state and federal agencies.
The purpose of the ICAC program is to help State and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyberenticement and child pornography cases that encompass forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.