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Lexington man, 3 others arrested for sexually exploiting children

Four men have been arrested for sexually exploiting children, including a Lexington man.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday the arrest of Matthew James Tinker, 22, of Lexington, D’Andre Lashaun Brown, 21, of Walterboro, Kenneth M. Owens, 39, of Anderson, and Isaac Louis Mintz 31, of Greer on 14 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators across the state made the arrests in these unrelated cases. 

Investigators received CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to each of these men. Investigators state all of the men distributed files of child sexual abuse material. Mintz also possessed child sexual abuse material.

Tinker was arrested Friday by ICAC investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with each of these investigations.

Brown was arrested on May 20 by ICAC investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

Owens was arrested on May 24 by ICAC investigators with the Anderson Police Department. He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Mintz was arrested on May 27 by investigators with the Greer Police Department. He is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count; and seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

All of these cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.