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Six indicted on federal child porn charges

Posted August 26, 2008
Updated August 27, 2008

A federal grand jury handed down indictments last week in six separate cases of child sex abuse and exploitation, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday.

All six cases include charges involving the receipt and possession of child pornography, but the U.S. Attorney's Office said the crimes charged cover a broad range of conduct.

Those indicted were:

  • Travis Dittrich, formerly of Pender County, on 15 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography
  • Christopher Mark Surles, of Rocky Mount, on 15 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography
  • Russell Biathrow, of Fayetteville, on 10 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography
  • Daniel Carl Sherwin, of Elizabeth City, on 11 counts of manufacturing child pornography, seven counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography
  • Scott Alexander Frantz, formerly of Willow Springs, on one count of advertising and soliciting child pornography, nine counts of tranporting child pornography, 15 counts of receiving child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transmitting obscene matter onver the Internet

Sherwin has a prior conviction related to child exploitation crimes,. Surles has a prior conviction related to child sexual abuse.

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  • Granny Aug 26, 2008

    Why our children....there are men and women out there everyday that give it away....I guess with them these sick people have to worry about diseases.....LEAVE OUR CHILDREN ALONE!!! THEY ARE INNOCENT AND DO NOT DESERVE THIS!!

  • pebbles262004 Aug 26, 2008

    I do not know what is wrong with people ...They need to get someone there own age. It is so sad to hear of cases like these The poor children is all I can say I wish that I could protect everyone of them from this kind of abuse

  • ptahandatum Aug 26, 2008

    "what is WRONG with people, men especially?" Uh, excuse me! There are plenty of women/girls out there doing exactly the same thing. Can you say, "that's like the pot calling the kettle black?" Hypocrite.

  • ChristaS Aug 26, 2008

    what is WRONG with people, men especially? Evil is rampant in this world and this is just more proof of that......