Agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force along with Deputies from The Alexander County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant for electronic devices at a home on Boston Road. Taken into custody was 34 year old Johnny Paz Perez of Taylorsville. Perez was charged with 2nd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to a news release the Office of Homeland Security and The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation had evidence that Perez had distributed material containing visual images of a minor aged 8-14 engaged in sexual activity. Perez had shared the material with an undercover agent.
Perez was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He will make a court appearance in Taylorsville on April, 3.
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is investigating the citizenship status of Perez.