19-year-old John Noah Mast of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (November 2) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 35 counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The arrest and investigation stemmed from an Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) tip that a person in Alexander County was uploading child pornography. Multiple search warrants were executed based on the tip that was received. Investigation revealed that Mast was in possession of 35 separate items of child pornography.
Mast was taken into custody and was placed in jail under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for November 9. The investigation is continuing.