The Union County Sheriff’s Office has charged a 52-year-old man with nine counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in connection with a child pornography investigation.
Michael Ernest Crick was arrested on Friday by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies. Authorities say Crick possessed images and videos of children between the ages of 2 and 11 engaged in various sexual acts with adults. The children in the video, authorities say, are not known to or related to Crick.
The media was obtained through peer-to-peer file sharing networks, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Crick’s bond was set at $150,000, which was posted the day following his arrest. His first court appearance is set for January 19.