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Fayetteville man charged with possession of child pornography

Posted October 2, 2012

— Cumberland County authorities on Monday charged a 44-year-old Fayetteville man with possession of child pornography. 

According to investigators, Franklin Wade Meares, of 4217 Oakmont Circle, shared materials that showed children engaged in sexual activity with adults between July 3 and Sept. 27.

He also had hundreds of photos depicting minors in inappropriate behavior on his home computer, police said. 

Meares was charged with five counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a child and third-degree sexual exploitation of a child. He was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday morning under a $50,000 bond.


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  • krazikatt2 Oct 3, 2012

    In a study of 1,713 people arrested for the possession of child pornography in a 1-year period, the possessors ran the gamut in terms of income, education level, marital status, and age. Virtually all of those who were arrested were men, 91% were white, and most were unmarried at the time of their crime, either because they had never married (41%) or because they were separated, divorced, or widowed (21%).3

    Forty percent (40%) of those arrested were “dual offenders,” who sexually victimized children and possessed child pornography, with both crimes discovered in the same investigation. An additional 15% were dual offenders who attempted to sexually victimize children by soliciting undercover investigators who posed online as minors.4


  • krazikatt2 Oct 3, 2012

    N.C. GEN. STAT. § 14-190.17A (2009). Third degree sexual exploitation
    of a minor
    (a) Offense. -- A person commits the offense of third degree sexual exploitation of a
    minor if, knowing the character or content of the material, he possesses material that
    contains a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity.
    (b) Inference. -- In a prosecution under this section, the trier of fact may infer that a participant in sexual activity whom material through its title, text, visual representations or otherwise represents or depicts as a minor is a minor. (c) Mistake of Age. -- Mistake of age is not a defense to a prosecution under this section. (d) Punishment and Sentencing. -- Violation of this section is a Class H felony.


  • krazikatt2 Oct 3, 2012

    North Carolina’s laws regarding child pornography. Broadly speaking, the law criminalizes production (first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, G.S. 14-190.16), distribution (second-degree, G.S. 14-190.17), and possession (third-degree, G.S. 14-190.18) of such material. The distribution offense is a Class E felony, while possession is a Class H. most child pornography defendants have no criminal record, meaning that presumptive sentence for distribution — typically, sharing images via internet — is in the two-year range, with probation available. The presumptive sentence for possession is in the 6 month range, with even unsupervised probation available.

    Compare that to the average sentence in a federal possession-or-distribution child pornography case, which is about eight years active, and rising, with many cases involving sentences of fifteen years or more.


  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 2, 2012

    This is why parents need to watch their underage children constantly for their safety.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 2, 2012

    OneLove said, "If you're excited from watching child porn, it won't be long before you act on it if given the chance. LOCK EM UP!"

    Why take chances, right? Who needs a Constitution? ...like the Tom Cruz sci-fi movie (Minority Report) where the courts punish people for things that they haven't even done yet...

  • miyata Oct 2, 2012

    What is wrong with people.

  • OneLove Oct 2, 2012

    "All the blame cannot go on to the so called "perv"" ------ True. However, if there was not a "demand" there would not be a "supply".

  • LWA Oct 2, 2012

    It doesn't say how old the children were and, if they were older children, could have lied about their age just to be accepted. They might come from broken homes, which makes it the parents responsibility, too. All the blame cannot go on to the so called "perv"

  • OneLove Oct 2, 2012

    I hope they are able to track those abused children and the disgusting adults who were supposed to protect them.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 2, 2012

    >> "that showed children engaged in sexual activity with adults between July 3 and Sept. 27."

    apparently it was recent material.