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Zebulon Robert Lingafelt
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Valdese Man Charged In Connection To Child Pornography Investigation

27-year-old Zebulon Robert Lingafelt of Ramblewoods Drive in Valdese was arrested Friday (February 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult, and indecent liberties with a minor.

On Friday the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a joint investigation at an address on Ramblewoods Drive in Valdese. The investigation pertained to the alleged production and distribution of child pornography. As a result of the investigation, Zebulon Robert Lingafelt was identified as the suspect.

Lingafelt was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. He was taken into custody without incident and issued a $25,000 secured bond on the indecent liberties charge. He was initially jailed under no bond on the other charges. As of earlier today (February 5) Lingafelt was being held under $225,000 total secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

In addition to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and FBI, the Burke County Child Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation.