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Police Charge Man with Possession of Child Porn

Patrick Joseph BurkeGaston County Police have charged Patrick Joseph Burke, age 20, of 468 River Park Rd. Belmont, NC with four (4) felony counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor and four (4) felony counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges stem from a search warrant executed by the Gaston County Police at Burke’s residence on July 16, 2020.

The search came as result of a cybercrimes tip received from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). During the search the Gaston County Police Detectives seized electronic storage devices belonging to Burke and subsequently performed forensic examinations on the devices.  The investigation led to the discovery of hundreds of images of child pornography. 

Burke is currently incarcerated in the Gaston County Jail, being held without bond pending a first appearance in Gaston County District Court.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact Det. R.L. Smith at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.  There is no further information available at this time.