ROCK HILL — A Charlotte man who two years ago told police that child pornography found on a laptop at his house belonged to his elderly father was arrested and charged this week after authorities found him in Richland County and determined that the images were his.
Bryan Jeffrey Raymes, 47, is held at the York County Detention Center charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, jail records show.
His arrest stems from an investigation that started in Rock Hill two years ago when police in Belmont, N.C., alerted officials that Raymes had been seen in the area with a laptop containing child pornography, according to a Rock Hill police report. Authorities discovered that Raymes lived on Chestnut Street in Rock Hill with his father, then 71, and roommate, Vaughn Springs, then 45.
When police questioned Raymes, he told them he saw the images on his fathers laptop at least two weeks earlier, the report states. He turned the computer over to detectives.
The next day, a York County Sheriffs Office detective analyzed the computer and found several images of children performing sexual acts, police documents show. Police issued a search warrant on Raymes home, where they found that Springs had several other pornographic images of children. He was arrested and charged with 22 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation.
In June 2012, Springs pleaded guilty to seven counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail followed by three years of probation.
Meanwhile, police had learned that Raymes also had child pornography when they searched his bedroom, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger. Raymes told officers that he never allowed anyone else in his bedroom. Warrants were issued on Raymes, but he could not be found. He was placed in the National Crime Information Center as a wanted man.
Last week, police in Richland County found Raymes, who had been living in North Carolina, and learned he had active warrants in Rock Hill, Bollinger said. He was taken into custody and sent back to York County. He is held on a $75,000 bond.