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Former Wake EMS worker charged in child porn case

Posted October 23, 2012 5:00 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2012 6:06 p.m. EDT

— A Wake County Emergency Services worker who was suspended in May amid a child pornography probe was arrested Monday, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Scott Edward Shields, 41, of Fuquay-Varina, faces two counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $25,000 bond.

Search warrants from May allege that Shields traded child pornography online and bragged to another man, Howard Underwood, about sexually abusing a child.

Underwood pleaded guilty in April to federal charges of distribution of child pornography. 

When the criminal probe was launched, Wake County EMS placed Shields, a paramedic and field training officer stationed at the Holly Springs Fire Department, on an unpaid investigatory suspension.

He has since been terminated.