Myrtle Beach man pleads guilty to 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, sentenced to one year in prison

troot@thesunnews.comJune 21, 2013 

— A 28-year-old Myrtle Beach man pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and was sentenced to a year in prison and three years probation, according to court records.

Charles Burns pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to three years in prison, according to court records. But that sentence was suspended upon Burns’ service of a year in prison and three years on probation.

The sentences on each charge were the same and run concurrently, according to court records. Burns must pay court costs and received credit for previous time he had served awaiting prosecution.

Burns was arrested on Oct. 9, 2010, on the charges. At the time of his arrest, Burns was charged with 27 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which is a felony and carries up to 10 years in prison.

Myrtle Beach police and deputies with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case as part of the S.C. Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which targets the sharing of child pornography on file sharing networks.

At the time of his arrest, police said Burns shared digital photographs and videos over the Internet depicting children engaged in sex acts. Officers seized multiple computers and computer-related items. Police say files containing the pornographic images were found on those computers and media devices.

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