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William Curtis Powell
Courtesy of Statesville Police Department

Suspect Charged With A Dozen Sexual Exploitation Counts

53-year-old William Curtis Powell of East End Avenue in Statesville was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

On January 24, 2024, investigators from the Statesville Police Department received a cybertip from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI). The tip alerted them to the actions of an individual in Statesville, who had been uploading child sexual exploitation material on October 13, 2023. The suspect was identified as William Curtis Powell.

On February 1, a search warrant was executed at Powell’s residence, with the assistance of NCSBI agents. During the search, several external digital media storage devices were discovered. Each device contained numerous files of child sexual exploitation material.

As a result of the investigation, arrest warrants were secured against Powell. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $250,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (February 5). A District Court date is scheduled for February 21.