Cottageville man accused of sexually exploiting a minor
Homeland Security agents and Colleton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Cottageville man accused of uploading child pornography to a website frequented by pedophiles.
Rusty Michael Hall, 23 of Breanna Court, is charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, simple possession of marijuana and violating probation, sheriff’s office spokesman Ted Stanfield said.
Authorities received a tip that Hall had uploaded multiple images of a boy who appeared to be 6 or 7 years old.
A search of Hall’s home was conducted on June 11. Authorities found several weapons, computers, cell phones, computer disks and drives, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Stanfield said.
A large amount of child pornography was found on the computer storage devices, he said.
Hall was taken into custody at the scene. A Colleton County magistrate set bail at $25,000, Stanfield said.
The case remains under investigation, he said.