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Man jailed after cellphone turned in to York County police had child porn, cops say

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the person charged in a felony child porn case. The person charged, according to York County Sheriff’s Office reports and arrest warrants, is Richard Henry Austin III.

A Rock Hill man faces 11 felony child porn and voyeurism charges after illicit photos of girls as young as age 3 were on his cellphone, deputies said.

Richard Henry Austin III, 34, was arrested Friday by York County Sheriff’s Office deputies on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one charge of voyeurism, according to arrest warrants obtained by The Herald.

Austin III had pornographic photos on the phone of children as young as age 3, warrants show.

He also was charged with voyeurism after police said Austin III used the phone slipped under a bathroom door to record a victim getting into a shower, warrants state.

The phone was turned in to Fort Mill Police Department on June 12, according to a sheriff’s office report. Sheriff’s office Det. Alex Clark, who specializes in computer sex crimes where children are victims, investigated.

Clark said the investigation showed the cellphone belonged to Austin III. Clark determined the photos had been downloaded to the phone starting in 2018, warrants show.

Austin III is on probation from a May conviction for financial card fraud, according to court records.

The case has been submitted to the South Carolina Attorney General’s office Internet Crimes Against Children task force for prosecution.

He remains at the York County jail.

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