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Harnett Co. man held on $3M bond for sex crimes involving minor

Posted August 20, 2020 5:17 p.m. EDT

Ivan Valez (Harnett County Sheriff's Office photo)

— A Harnett County man has been arrested and charged with several sex crimes involving a minor.

Ivan Velez, 23, of Cameron, has been charged by the Harnett County Sheriff's Office with three counts of statutory rape and three counts of sexual exploitation of a 1-year-old, who is known to Velez. He remains in the Harnett County Detention Center on a $3 million secured bond, according to Sheriff Wayne Coats.

Deputies were notified on Aug. 13 by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations division of possible child exploitation material being shared and downloaded from electronic devices in the Cameron area. Investigators were able to determine the devices were owned and operated by Velez.

The investigation is ongoing.

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