According to the initial report, an unknown person was using various internet sites to upload videos of underage children engaged in various sexual acts.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. Detective Lowrance began an investigation obtaining information from various sources. Detective Lowrance served numerous search warrants and interviewed potential witnesses.
Based on the information gathered during the investigation, Special Victims Unit Detectives also executed a search warrant for the residence of Johnny Lee Hastings located on Bethlehem Road, Statesville on May 15th. Detectives located and processed several electronic devices at the residence. Detective Lowrance obtained arrest warrants for Nine Counts of Felony Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Hastings was arrested and placed in the County Detention Center under a secured bond of $75,000.