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      Hanahan man arrested for child porn

      HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) --A Hanahan man has been arrested after investigators say they found child porn on his computers.

      The suspect, 49-year-old Thomas A. Peterson, is charged with three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the second degree.

      According to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, an undercover detective with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office downloaded files containing child pornography from an Internet Protocol address traced to the Peterson's home back in February.

      Officers executed a search warrant on March 26 and seized several items, including three computers and other electronic devices.{} A preliminary examination of the computers revealed evidence of child pornography. {}{}

      Peterson could face two to 10 years in prison for each count if found guilty.{}

      Bond was set at $75,000 and Peterson was ordered to not have contact with children under the age of 17. He must also stay away from the Internet and electronic devices such as cell phones, computers and electronic gaming devices and remain at least one-half mile away from areas where children congregate, such as daycare facilities, schools, libraries, playgrounds and public parks.{}{} {}

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

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