Lincolnton Man Charged With Having Child Porn and Explosive Device

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Detectives and FBI agents working to serve a search warrant say they were forced out of a Lincolnton home after discovering an explosive device. According to Lincoln County Sheriff detectives, on Tuesday, they were contacted to execute a possible child porn search warrant at a home on Bexley Lane.

Investigators and agents began searching the home when they say they came across what appeared to be a bomb.

The Gaston County Bomb Squad was called in and exploded the device in a field behind the house. The device is known as a “cricket” and is made from a carbon dioxide cartridge containing gun powder and a fuse.

Donald Cunningham was charged with one felony count each of second degree sexual exploit of a minor/distribute material and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Detectives said Cunningham unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did distribute, receive and exchange photographic images of child pornography.  The minors, whose names are unknown, range in age from 8 to 15 years old.

The FBI seized computers and electronic equipment from the residence for further investigation.

Cunningham is currently in jail under a $150,000 secured bond.