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Raleigh man faces online solicitation, exploitation charges

Posted August 4, 2010 12:08 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2010 11:27 p.m. EDT

— The State Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday charged a Raleigh man with trying to solicit a minor through the Internet and with several counts of exploitation after child pornography was found on his computer, according to arrest warrants.

Charles David Dickenson, 53, of 1101 Lands End Court, was charged with one count of soliciting a child by computer and 10 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.

Undercover agents posing as minors said a man tried to solicit them for sex in an online chat room between early June and last week. Authorities also said several digital images showing boys and girls engaging in sex acts were found on Dickenson's computer.

Dickenson's neighbors on Lands End Court said he kept to himself.

"He doesn't speak to anyone. Doesn't talk to anyone,” neighbor Yevonne Brannon said.

Neighbor Blythe Clifford said it was tough to hear that someone charged with such crimes was living near her.

"As a mom of two young kids, I am pretty upset by it," she said. "This is a very, very sad crime against children."

Dickenson was being held Wednesday in the Wake County jail under a $500,000 bond.