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Man accused of recording himself performing sex acts with a dog and possessing child pornography

Lexington County deputies arrested a Columbia man Tuesday hours after receiving a link to a video that allegedly shows him engaged in a sex act with his dog.

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Kevin Christopher Billups, 34, is charged with eight counts of buggery and eight counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to arrest warrants.

“We received the first video associated with the dog in the form of an anonymous tip Tuesday morning,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Investigators immediately got a search warrant for Billups’ home and found evidence linking his home with that video. We also found an external hard drive containing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.”

Detectives located and interviewed Billups Tuesday afternoon, according to Koon.

“Based on information he provided to us during that interview and the evidence collected from his home, we arrested him and transported him to the Lexington County Detention Center,” Koon said. “The dog involved in this case has been relocated and is in the care of an animal rescue organization.

“This is still an active investigation. Our work on this case continues as part of the South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”

Koon said anyone with information about this case or other potential incidents involving Billups should contact Crimestoppers.

Buggery is a felony offense punishable by five years in prison or a fine of not less than $500, or both, according to the South Carolina Code of Laws. Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.