Man arrested in NC facing over a dozen charges, accused of sexual exploitation of minor


RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A man is facing over a dozen charges, including sexual exploitation of a minor after being arrested in Randolph County, according to a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The RCSO Criminal Investigation Division Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) was told that 24-year-old Ethan William Colbert had child pornography files he was distributing.

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Deputies were also told that he was engaged in sexual relationships with juvenile females. Detectives began an investigation into those allegations.

On Aug. 16, deputies were dispatched in reference to a missing/runaway juvenile.

The child was found with Colbert and returned to a guardian. Detectives then learned that the two had been involved in a sexual relationship.

17-month-old victim discovered in sex abuse investigation, NC man arrested

Following the investigation, the RCSO obtained warrants for Colbert on Tuesday.

He was arrested and served with:

nine counts of felony disseminating obscene material to a minor
seven counts of felony second-degree exploitation of a minor
one count of felony first-degree exploitation of a minor
one count of felony statutory rape of a child
one count of felony statutory sex offense of a child

Colbert is currently being held under a $1,000,000 bond at the Randolph County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

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