Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Thursday the arrest of a man for distribution of child pornography. James Madison Prevatt, II, age 33, of Charleston, was arrested by the Charleston Police Department on Wednesday, and has been charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 2nd Degree, a felony offense punishable by two to ten years imprisonment, and one count of Lewd Act on a Minor, a felony offense punishable to fifteen years imprisonment and a fine.
Prevatt allegedly shared digital photographs and videos over the Internet depicting children engaged in sex acts. Four computers, two hard drives, and other computer-related items were seized and taken from Prevatt’s residence for forensic examination.
A nineteen- month-old child has been removed from the home and placed into emergency protective custody.
The Charleston Police Department is a member of the Attorney’s General Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Task Force investigators have received training on the use of special software to conduct undercover investigations related to the sharing of child pornography on peer-to-peer file sharing networks.