MUGSHOTS: Deputies arrest 7 in ‘extensive’ child porn investigation

MUGSHOTS: Deputies arrest 7 in ‘extensive’ child porn investigation
Dorchester County deputies say a tip led to the arrests of seven people over the course of this in what they call an “extensive child pornography investigation.” (Source: Gray News)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies say a tip led to the arrests of seven people over the course of this in what they call an “extensive child pornography investigation.”

Deputies expect additional charges are pending.

Investigators say they obtained a combined 84 arrest warrants for the following seven people:

  • Devin Lewis Vandeneynde, 25, of Ladson
    • Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (6 counts)
  • John Bradley Johnson, 39, of Ladson
    • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (2 counts)
    • Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (18 counts)
    • Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime
  • Caleb Matthews-Wessinger, 18, Summerville
    • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (11 counts)
  • Stephen Sisk, 30, Summerville
    • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (9 counts)
  • Kyle Miller, 22, Summerville
    • Promoting or disseminating obscenity
  • Edward Leroy Allen II, 54, Mt. Pleasant
    • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (20 counts)
  • Shane Kyle Thomas, 18, Summerville
    • Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (5 counts)
    • Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor (11 counts)

Lt. Rick Carson said the charges included dissemination, promoting, or procuring obscene material, sexual exploitation of a minor in the second degree, sexual exploitation of a minor in the third degree, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

The arrests were conducted over the course of the week and said the last of seven was arrested earlier on Friday, he said.

Deputies say they received tips from the Interstate Crimes Against Children task force from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office that led to the investigation.

Carson says deputies have executed five search warrants.

Summerville Police helped in executing one of the search warrants and Homeland Security Investigations assisted with digital forensic investigations and extractions, Carson said.

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