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Fayetteville sex offender faces child porn charges

Posted September 6, 2013 3:23 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County investigators have charged a registered sex offender with child exploitation crimes, authorities said Friday.

Ronald Ashby, 54, of 870 Ridge Road in Fayetteville, was taken into custody after investigators found a collection of pornography showing children of various ages engaging in sexual activities during a search of his home and his computer, authorities said.

Ashby was charged with nine counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and nine counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $145,000 secured bond.