Images of child pornography traced back to a Batesburg-Leesville address resulted in the arrest Tuesday of Donald Morris Price, 45, on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct with young children and distributing child pornography, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a news release.
Price is believed not only to have downloaded child pornography from the internet but also to have manufactured and distributed it, Hayley Bledsoe of the attorney general’s office said.
Investigators also “have reason to believe” that other children in the Midlands may have fallen victim to Price’s alleged activities, although exactly how they would have come into contact with him was not disclosed.
Multiple electronic devices were seized during a search of Price’s home. “Review of those items uncovered numerous pictures and videos depicting Price engaging in sex acts with a minor victim,” Wilson said.
Anyone with information regarding a minor having an encounter with Price is asked to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
Price was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Thursday afternoon charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Information should be provided to the sheriff’s department by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC; texting CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” followed by the tip information; or logging onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and clicking on the red “Submit a tip” tab.