HIDDENITE, N.C. — Sheriff Chris Bowman says 19-year-old John Mast was served with warrants for 35 counts of felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Mast is being held under a $500,000 bond at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and will appear in Alexander County District Court on Monday, November 9th, according to a news release.
Investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office say after receiving a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, they discovered a person in Alexander County was uploading child pornography.
Detectives say multiple search warrants revealed Mast was in possession of 35 separate items of child porn.
Sheriff Bowman says thanks to Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security they were able to arrest Mast.