56-year-old Charles Henson Gates of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 50 felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one felony count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges were filed last Thursday and Friday (May 5 & 6).
Events leading to Gates’ arrest began on March 28 when the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding possible child pornography that had been uploaded from an I.P. address in the northeastern part of Alexander County. The tip was received from the Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) task-force.
A search warrant was executed on the online account. Investigators learned that Charles Henson Gates was uploading the videos. On May 5, the Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.), and Taylorsville Police executed a search warrant at Gates’ residence. Several electronic devices were seized. Gates was interviewed by Sheriff’s Detectives and Investigators with the S.B.I. He was charged and placed under arrest following his interview.
Bond for Gates was initially set at $1,000,000, secured. On Friday, bond was increased to $2,500,000, secured. He remained in jail as of earlier today (May 9). An appearance in Alexander County District Court was scheduled today in Taylorsville.[WACB’s Rick Gilbert contributed to this story]