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Raleigh man charged in child porn investigation

Posted October 24, 2011 12:38 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man was arrested Friday in a state investigation of child pornography, according to court records.

William Blankenship, 56, of 1909 McDonald Lane, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The State Bureau of Investigation received a tip in August about child pornography and found that a computer used to download images since March was connected to an account at 1909 McDonald Lane, according to a search warrant.

Two computers and three hard drives were seized in a search of the home, and SBI agents found more than 200 files depicting suspected child exploitation and abuse that were available for distribution, according to a search warrant.