Suspect Arrested In South Charlotte For Sexual Exploitation Of Minor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have charged a suspect for sexually exploiting a minor after an incident in South Charlotte.

On Sunday, officers responded Pineville-Matthews Road, near McMullen Creek Greenway, in reference to an assault. According to CMPD, when officers arrived a teenage victim informed them that a male suspect touched her without permission.

During the initial investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect in this case as 43-year-old Ala Areef Abukhalaf, a news release says.

Ala Abukhalaf Third Degree Sex Exploiting Minor

After further investigation, it was determined that the Cyber Crimes Unit detectives were investigating the suspect for possession and distribution of child exploitative material.

Abukhalaf has since been transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor stemming from the Cyber Crimes Unit investigation and Assault on a Female from the incident today.

CMPD is continuing to investigate whether additional crimes have occurred and is urging anyone to come forward with any information. The public is asked to contact Cyber Crimes Detective A. Key at or 704-336-8371. The public can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visiting their website at

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.