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Lumberton fire captain faces child porn charges

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Chad Thomas Evans (Source: Robeson County Detention Center) Chad Thomas Evans (Source: Robeson County Detention Center)

LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - A high-ranking firefighter in Lumberton is charged with possession of child pornography.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation's computer crimes unit arrested Chad Thomas Evans, 40, on Tuesday, according to state's Justice Department spokesperson Noelle Talley. Evans is charged with nine felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The wording of the charge led to some misunderstanding among some of Evans' neighbors in their community off Linkhaw Rd. Some neighbors thought the charges meant Evans had a sexual encounter with a child.

However, the charges refer to child-relate pornographic material the SBI claims was on Evans' personal computer. Talley said no fire department computer is involved in the case.

A woman who answered the door at Evans' home Thursday did not comment.

Several neighbors declined to make specific comments as well. Some said the charges were disturbing, and some also said they will believe Evans is innocent until proven guilty. Others also said they feel Evans' position as a public authority means he is subject to more scrutiny in regards to the charges.

"He's part of those officials," commented Amber Gibbs who has an office down the streets from Evans. "He is the fire department. When you're representing somebody like that you should have higher standards of what you believe in for your community, for your county. You're representing everyone around you, not just yourself."

Evans was released on a $55,000 bond Tuesday. Lumberton's human resources director James Moore said Evans is suspended from the fire department without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. He said Evans has been with the city since January 2000.

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