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Police Charge Man with Possession of Child Porn

Darien Jaimelle Reid Jr.Gaston County Police have charged Darien Jaimelle Reid Jr, age 21, of the 1000 block of Cleveland Ave. Gastonia, NC with six (6) felony counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor and six (6) felony counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges stem from a search warrant executed by the Gaston County Police, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, at a residence on Forington Ln. Gastonia, NC and a subsequent search at Reid’s residence.

The searches came as a result of a cybercrime tip received from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). During the searches County Police detectives seized electronic storage devices belonging to Reid Jr.  Forensic examinations were performed on the devices, which led to the discovery of numerous images and videos containing child pornography. 

Reid Jr. is currently incarcerated in the Gaston County Jail, being held on a $300,000 secured 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.