10/8/2021 1:33:00 PM Lincoln County Man Facing Child Exploitation Charge
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a Lincoln County man with sexual exploitation of a child.
Detective Sgt. D. Renn stated officers began investigating cyber tips received from the Internet Crimes Against Children program on October 7, 2021 and discovered one of the locations listed locally had downloaded child pornography.
During contact with the individual at the Ritchie Road location, he admitted to downloading the reported material. Brian Allen Smith, 39, of Ritchie Road, Lincolnton, NC was charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC program) helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. This help encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.
The program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse images available electronically, and heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims.