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Greenville man faces child porn charges

Posted October 19, 2011 9:20 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2011 2:54 p.m. EDT

— 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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