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Greenville man faces child porn charges

Posted October 19, 2011

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— A Greenville man faces 10 sex-exploitation charges for allegedly possessing child pornography, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Christy Wallace said the sheriff's office, state Bureau of Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children task force began investigating Michael Anthony Coward, 26, of 3151 Macgregor Downs Road, on Sept. 22.

Coward was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. He was placed in the Pitt County jail under a $1 million bond.

Sheriff Neil Elks said his department has begun working with the ICAC to investigate child pornography in Pitt County. The ICAC is a U.S. Justice Department program that helps local and state law enforcement respond to cyber crimes against children.

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  • ThatGuyAgain Oct 19, 2011

    That's true, Ambygirl, but it has exactly nothing to do with my point. Go Pirates anyway!

  • Ambygirl Oct 19, 2011

    ThatGuyAgain-- Child pornography is illegal in the US

  • ThatGuyAgain Oct 19, 2011

    "Keep these people locked up and away from our innocent children and grandchildren!!!!!"

    Uh, he WAS away from innocent children and grandchildren (and great grandchildren, to be silly about it). He was looking at pictures in the privacy of his home. Turns out his home wasn't all that private. What happens when the government decides that what you're looking at is evil and must be punished, folks? Or do you think it can't happen to you?

  • love2dostuff Oct 19, 2011

    70% of what is on the internet is porn. Stopping a guy here or there who is downloading isn't going to make a difference. Cut off the head of the snake to kill the body. Just out of curiosity I looked up the "age of consent" in some neighboring countries. In Peru for example, it's 14. That means that anybody can take a photo of a 14 year old naked and it isn't considered child pornography. Also, why is it that you if you pay for sex, it's prostitution and against the law.....unless you film it. Then it's a legitimate industry. Laws are screwed up and need to be consolidated before it does any good. Yeah, they got this guy, but I guarantee there are 6 dozen other people viewing child porn within a mile radius of his house.

  • turbo08 Oct 19, 2011

    wildcat: on the witn website

  • wildcat Oct 19, 2011

    Where is his picture?

  • dwallace9392 Oct 19, 2011

    Keep these people locked up and away from our innocent children and grandchildren!!!!!

  • Ambygirl Oct 19, 2011

    BigUNC-- The police are also set up in these sites trying to catch pedophiles. They are tracking activity of sex offenders that get access to these sick sites and bust them. That's one way they are catching these perverts. It's a big job and not a very easy one to say the least. But as long as they get them, even if it's one at a time, I say go for it!!

  • StuckInRM Oct 19, 2011

    These people are downloading the pictures off of the internet and sending them via email. The way the police are finding out is by busting someone else and searching their PC and finding contacts and email addresses of others that this stuff has been sent to. They've also busted sites that resided in the US and got email address and IP address of recipients.

    You can shut the sites down, but for every one that gets shut down, 10 more pop up. This is an epidemic that can't be controlled or stopped. It is like saying, let’s stop porn in general on the internet. It will NEVER happen.

    They just need to keep busting these guys and making the punishments harsher and harsher.

  • BigUNCFan Oct 19, 2011

    I am just curious how do the cops know you have this material? If the guy kept it in his house and never told anyone about it, I am unsure how they would know unless the cops are monitoring everyone's internet habits whichi is a bit unsettling.

    I in no way condone having this stuff and think it is sick but it makes me nervous that the cops are watching our internet activity and can come to a persons house if they see something they don't like and arrest that person.

    What if next they decide to monitor your political activities on the web or other stuff like that?

    I am also curious, if this stuff is criminal, then why not block access to these sites at the ISP level (time warner, etc).

    There has to be a way to block sites that are from certain addresses and show a access denied page.

    China somehow does it for their whole country and a lot more stuff than we are talking about here.

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