Murphy man sentenced for possessing child pornography

Murphy, NC (WDEF) – 55-year-old Scott Kinloch Carter of Murphy was sentenced to no less than 20 months and no more than 84 months for Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Carter also faces 36 months of probation. If he violates that probation, he would have to serve the four sentences consecutively

Carter is also required to register as a sex offender for 30 years upon release from the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

The joint investigation began in March 2015 when the Murphy Police Department received information that Carter was in possession of images on his computer which were described as being young children undressed and involved in various sex acts with adults some as young as infant and toddlers.

During the investigation members of the Murphy Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Carter’s Mcclelland Street residence.

Officers searched his computer and hard drives along with records.

During the analysis of the computer and hard drives approximately 10,000 images were identified as depicting children engaged in various sex acts. Many of the images depicted children as young as toddlers.

Additionally, approximately 160 hours of videos were located on the hard drives that were identified as child exploitation material, many of which also displayed children as young as toddlers and infants. There were also wire bound notebooks which contained passwords and search terms that indicated that Carter had been actively searching for the child exploitation images on the internet.

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