Crime

July 16, 2014

Columbia man arrested for possession of child pornography

The Columbia Police Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested a Columbia-man charged with possession of child pornography Monday.

The Columbia Police Department, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested a Columbia-man charged with possession of child pornography Monday.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a news release Michael Scott Simmons, 27, has been accused of distributing images depicting children engaged in sexual activity.

The ICAC Task Force received a referral from investigators at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, another member of the ICAC Task Force, that images depicting children engaged in sexual activity had been distributed from an account that was traced back to Simmons’ residence.

On July 14, Columbia Police officers arrested Simmons after executing a search warrant at his residence, Wilson said in the release.

Simmons was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor - second degree, which is a felony offense punishable by 10 years imprisonment on each count. Simmons’ bond was set at $15,000 and is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention center.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

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