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Berkeley County man arrested on 17 charges related to child porn

Joseph McGowan (Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

The S.C. Attorney General's Office has arrested a Berkeley County man on 17 charges related to possession of child pornography.

Joseph W. McGowan, 51, of Summerville, S.C., is charged with 16 counts of felony third degree criminal sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of felony second degree criminal sexual exploitation of a minor.

Investigators say McGowan distributed and possessed images of child pornography. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years if McGowan is found guilty.

McGowan was arrested Monday, June 19, by investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, assisted by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the Dept. of Homeland Security.


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