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Former Wake EMS worker charged in child porn case

Posted October 23, 2012

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— A Wake County Emergency Services worker who was suspended in May amid a child pornography probe was arrested Monday, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Scott Edward Shields, 41, of Fuquay-Varina, faces two counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $25,000 bond.

Search warrants from May allege that Shields traded child pornography online and bragged to another man, Howard Underwood, about sexually abusing a child.

Underwood pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of distribution of child pornography. 

When the criminal probe was launched, Wake County EMS placed Shields, a paramedic and field training officer stationed at the Holly Springs Fire Department, on an unpaid investigatory suspension.

He has since been terminated.

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  • smokemedic78 Oct 26, 2012

    @GodsHelper- I DO NOT condone any crime, especially those that involve children. I do however find it disturbing that you would make a comment about my stance on the Shields case based off of my post. Didn't you learn anything about passing judgement in CHURCH? That back set of pews must be comfy. People like yourself who associate yourself with God and then act this way is a disgrace to being a Christian. If anything, you should pray for everyone involved.

  • wenzel Oct 25, 2012

    I don't think anyone condones this behavior. As one of "gods helpers" you should understand the most that what we do not condone is judgement without verdict. Which is what is so commonplace on these WRAL threads by those who hide behind screen names. This story could be about anyone.

  • dollibug Oct 25, 2012

    Wake County seems to have their own rules that they go by....the GRAND JURY DOES NOT EVEN NEED EVIDENCE TO INDICT A PERSON ON CHARGES....a prosecutor can just present something to them and the GRAND JURY just takes the prosecutor's word for whatever it is and *RUBBERSTAMPS THE CASE*....ATTORNEYS then pressure people into taking a plea deal....it doesn't matter IF the accused person is GUILTY OR NOT....as long as these people get by with doing such....they will continue to do it and get by with doing it....a person can make *false accusations* against a person and nothing is done about this....something is not right with the system and what they do....and the lawmakers know exactly what is going on and have not done anything about it....NC is a MESS....and this is one reason why...

  • godshelper Oct 25, 2012

    "I am sure it was time for the SBI to either arrest him or drop charges, and this was a way to give them time to see if anything else might surface. Mr. Shields, hang in there, it wont be the first time they screwed up. smokemedic78"

    Looks like more Medics support this type of behavior. Trust in EMS is dwindling.

  • Hear_me_now Oct 24, 2012

    reading comprehension michaelclay, reading comprehension...

  • smokemedic78 Oct 24, 2012

    I am sure it was time for the SBI to either arrest him or drop charges, and this was a way to give them time to see if anything else might surface. Mr. Shields, hang in there, it wont be the first time they screwed up.

  • dontstopnow Oct 24, 2012

    Sick man! Maybe they will misplace the key when he is sent to prison. We can only hope.

  • MissMyTripod Oct 24, 2012

    UNDERWOOD pleaded guilty. Not SHIELDS.

  • michaelclay Oct 24, 2012

    Fx432, I think there is a statement above that reads: "Underwood pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of distribution of child pornography." With pleading guilty to the federal charges that means he is also guilty of state charger doesn't it?

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 24, 2012

    They always let the Fed's go first, then they follow up with their own charges.

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