SC minister indicted for child porn, FBI investigates

Proven with the recent case of Kevin Powers, indicted Summerville minister, child pornography is becoming more and more prevalent in South Carolina. Charleston-based FBI agent Cynthia McCants says it has a lot to do with the digital age.
“It’s prevalent everywhere, which is the problem. This is a growing problem that law enforcement is dealing with. The problem is people can abuse or molest their children and take pictures of it, and upload it, and there you have it. They’re doing this to trade, to obtain other pictures,” says McCants.
Home-based minister, Powers was indicted last Thursday on child pornography charges after a computer, disks and other child pornography related materials were found in his small, shack-like backyard church building. McCants says cases, like Powers’, are normally already developing cases, with prior evidence. McCants says the intent of the suspects are normally obvious.
“The type of cases that we are generally handling are where the person is possibly caught say in an under-cover operation where they are dowloading, or sharing, distributing a lot of child pornography. We’re seeing more and more serious types of crime with children that are toddlers. And, they’re pictures of a felony because it’s a picture of a very young child being molested. These people are the people out there that are looking for this stuff, they want to download it,” says McCants.
In Powers’ case, his wife, Delores, walked in on him viewing the pornography in March, and threatened to kill him. Since then, Powers was charged in June with criminal exploitation of a minor, and released after posting bail. Now, Powers faces a maximum fine of a $250,000 and 20 years in prison.

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