Crime

Fort Mill man jailed on 20 child porn charges after state police investigation

Hine
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A Fort Mill man on Wednesday turned himself in on warrants that allege he had and was distributing child pornography, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Christian Philip Hine, 38, of Shellstone Place in Fort Mill, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 18 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to York County jail records. He remained in the York County Moss Justice Detention Center Wednesday afternoon, being held without bond.

Arrest warrants from SLED indicate the alleged offenses happened in March 2015.

Two of the warrants accuse Hine of “distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, exchanging or soliciting materials that contain a visual representation of minors engaged in sexual activity.” The remaining 18 warrants accuse Hine of having the same kind of material.

The police investigation into Hine included a forensic examination of computers and equipment that revealed “numerous images and videos” of a sexual nature appearing to include minors, according to arrest warrants. SLED conducted the investigation along with the S.C. Attorney General’s office, the York County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the investigation and arrest were part of an operation with the S.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Hine has no previous criminal record in South Carolina, according to SLED records.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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