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5/27/2022 5:10:00 AM
Three Arrested for Possessing Child Porn

Gastonia Police Department
Press Release


Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department recently completed unrelated investigations into the possession of child pornography and have charged three young men, one a teenager, one in his 20s, and one 37 years old, with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

In October 2021, detectives were made aware of a suspect who was in possession of child pornography. During the investigation, detectives identified Andre Rolando Ramos, age 19, of Gastonia as the suspect. Serving a search warrant, investigators located multiple images of child pornography on Ramos’ electronic devices. Ramos was charged and arrested in early May.

In January of this year, GPD detectives were made aware that a suspect had recently uploaded files containing images of child sexual exploitation to a social media platform. During the investigation, detectives identified him as Ron Reshun Owens, age 37, also of Gastonia. Using a search warrant, investigators located several photos/videos of child pornography on Owens’ electronic devices. He was arrested on May 23rd.

On May 17th, GPD officers responded to a home after a family member discovered images of child pornography on a computer. During the investigation, detectives determined that the computer belonged to 24-year-old Jacob Paul Griffin, who recently moved to Gastonia from Florida. Investigators located several images depicting child pornography on Griffin’s computer. Griffin was also arrested on May 23rd.

Griffin is charged with four counts of 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a child, and four counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a child. His bond was set at $350,000. The same eight charges were filed against Owens and Ramos. owens' bond was set at $250,000; Ramos, at $200,000. All three remain in the Gaston County Jail pending court appearances.



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