Crime

Myrtle Beach man charged after child pornography reportedly found on digital files

Daniel James Crutchfield
Daniel James Crutchfield

A 25-year-old Myrtle Beach man was arrested after more than 200 sexually explicit images of children were allegedly found on digital files on a USB device, according to an Horry County police report.

Daniel James Crutchfield was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor on July 1 and is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records.

Horry County police said that about 8 a.m. July 1, police officers and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement searched Crutchfield’s home.

A warrant for the search was issued, stemming from a federal investigation, police said.

Authorities said the probable cause for the warrant was based on lawful searches of IP addresses, and Crutchfield’s internet activity that authorities allege consisted of Crutchfield communicating with others and providing 300 videos and photographs of material allegedly containing a minor engaged in sexual activity or appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity, according to the report.

Police said a USB flash drive device was also found and previewed and contained digital files with more than 200 sexually explicit images and video of minor children involved in sexual performances.

During the search, police said they found a Playstation gaming console and an iPad.

Authorities said Crutchfield was interviewed and gave written consent for the USB device to be viewed.

Probable cause for arrest was found based on evidence recovered, according to police, and Crutchfield was then taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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