On Monday, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year old John Noah Mast and charged him with 35 counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The arrest and investigation stemmed from an Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) tip that a person in Alexander County was uploading child pornography. Multiple search warrants were executed based on the tip that was received.
Mast is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center with a secured bond of $500,000. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday, November 9th in Alexander County District Court.
Sheriff Chris Bowman would like to thank the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security for their assistance in this investigation.