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Ayden man sentenced for child porn distribution

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

An Ayden man arrested on multiple child porn charges was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Terence W. Boyle to 160 months' imprisonment and lifetime supervised release for distributing child pornography.

George Venters was arrested and charged with ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in October 2011 after investigators discovered a massive collection of child pornography, including more than 200,000 videos and images of children being sexually abused.

His arrest was part of a statewide bust called "Operation Spyglass."

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT)- An Ayden man is facing multiple child porn charges.

George Madisson Venters has been arrested and charged with ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

It's the last thing a mother of a two-year-old girl wants to hear: a man living in your town was arrested for collecting child porn.

"Why would you be looking at a little child? I mean its a child. Come on now," said Chaniquia Moye, Ayden Resident.  "It's crazy."

George Venters lives and works at this building on Lee St. in downtown Ayden.

Nine on Your Side talked with Venters' mother off-camera. She lives about a mile down the road from him in Ayden. She says George has been nothing but a wonderful son and she was shocked to find out what deputies say they found inside his home.  More than 1,600 DVD's, tapes, thumb drives and laptops- most of it containing child porn.

"The internet provides a lot of anonymity for folks and I guess they just obtain a certain comfort level with being able to do this kind of thing so they think nobody's watching," said David Flynn, Pitt County Sheriff's Office Detective. 

But Flynn says someone's always watching.  It works like this- anytime you connect to the internet, your internet provider marks you with an IP address, short for internet protocol.  The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force uses software that tracks child porn files and the IP addresses that view or download those files.  He says that's what led deputies to George Venters' door.  "If people didn't view child pornography- if there was no audience- one could safely assume that there would be no production of child pornography and that no children would be victimized," he said. 

That's why Flynn's working to put an end to child porn in the east. 

"It makes me feel good knowing that my child is safe and she will be safe and other kids will be safe from it," said Moye. 

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - An Ayden man is facing multiple child porn charges.

George Madisson Venters has been arrested and charged with ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office working with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and Federal Bureau of Investigation began the investigation into Venters on October 18th for possession of child pornography. They discovered over 1000 DVDs containing child pornography.

"The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is a part of the NC ICAC Task Force and will work to combat child pornography in Pitt County," Sheriff Neil Elks stated.  "In the last two weeks, the PCSO has made arrests in three separate cases involving sex crimes against children."

Venters is now in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond. 

 

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