Smithfield police recently worked with federal agents to arrest a local man on charges of receiving child pornography.
Frank Anthony Artrip, 39, 103 E. Crestview Drive, Smithfield, faces five felony counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor, according to arrest reports. Artrip is in Johnston County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond; his next court date is Thursday.
The charges against Artrip originated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Smithfield Police Capt. R.K. Powell.
“They made contact with us, and we assisted them with serving a federal search warrant,” Powell said. It is not uncommon for police to work with federal law enforcement, Powell said, but it has been a while since it last happened in Smithfield. “We all work together,” he said.
Local and federal agents served the warrant around 8 a.m. May 1, Powell said. According to arrest reports, the five files Artrip received depict a girl who appears to be underage having sexual intercourse with an adult male.
Powell said he expects the case to be transferred to federal court because Homeland Security led the investigation.
Artrip is registered as a sex offender in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Justice. The crime that required him to register occurred in another state in the late 1990s, according to the registry.