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Nash sex offender faces child porn charge

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A registered sex offender in Nash County is one of five North Carolina suspects charged in a multi-state child pornography and child sex crime crackdown, the State Bureau of Investigation announced Friday.

The SBI says 37-year-old Christopher John Authement was arrested on a charge of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, an offense that involves the making, sharing or receiving of child pornography.

Authement, whose listed address on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry is on Kentucky Avenue in Rocky Mount, was convicted of a September 2004 child porn offense in an out-of-state military court.

He and four other North Carolina residents were charged in an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force probe called Operation Southern Impact III, which was conducted in North and South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

The operation resulted in 82 suspects’ arrests and 17 children who were rescued or identified as victims, the SBI said in a news release. A four-month-long investigation involving 171 law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies focused on those accused of sexually exploiting children using technology and the internet, including distribution and downloading of child porn.

“Much of what the ICAC Task Force does happens quietly, with little or no information about our work released to the press because of the sensitive investigations of crimes against young children,” Alan K. Flora, commander of the task force in North Carolina, said in the news release. “It’s often impossible to tell our stories without revealing the identities of minors who have already been through traumatic events. This three-day operation provides a snapshot of the work that the ICAC Task Force is doing round the clock, seven days per week. Predators are real, and they walk among us. The ICAC Task Force works diligently every day to stop those who prey on our most innocent citizens.”

The SBI said it could only provide limited information on Authement’s case because it’s part of an ongoing investigation.

Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor is a Class E felony that carries a presumptive sentence of 20-25 months for offenders with no prior convictions.

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