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Goose Creek man arrested on child sexual abuse material charge

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Nichols Ryan Stewart, age 35, of Goose Creek on one charge connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Goose Creek Police Department made the arrest.

Investigators with the S.C. Attorney General's Office and Homeland Security Investigations, both also members of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led them to Stewart.

Investigators stated Stewart possessed child sexual abuse material. 

Stewart was arrested on Feb. 17. He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. 

This case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Wilson said all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.