A Myrtle Beach man has been arrested on child pornography charges, according to a news release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Ronaldo Pereira, 45, of Myrtle Beach was arrested June 26 by the Horry County Sheriff’s Department, a member of the Internet Crime Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, according to the release. An undercover investigator with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, another ICAC Task Force member, downloaded images depicting children engaged in sexual activity. Further investigation revealed the images originated from an IP address in Horry County.
The Horry County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force, executed a search warrant at Pereira’s residence, resulting in his arrest and the seizure of electronic equipment, the release said. Pereira is charged with 15 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by two to 10 years of imprisonment on each count.
Pereira has been illegally living in the United States, the release said. His request for bond was denied. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.