COLUMBIA - Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Tuesday that Charles Burns, 25, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested on Oct. 7 by the Myrtle Beach Police Department and the Horry County Sheriff's Office on child pornography charges, according to a news release from McMaster's office.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are members of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the release said. Task Force investigators have received training on the use of special software to conduct undercover investigations related to the sharing of child pornography on peer-to-peer (file-sharing) networks.
Burns is charged with 27 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (§16-15-410), 3rd Degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment, the release said.
Burns is charged with sharing digital photographs and/or videos over the Internet depicting children engaged in sex acts, the release said. Multiple computers and computer-related items were seized for forensic examination. Files containing the pornographic images were found on those computers and media devices.
The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.