A 20-year-old man whom police had been under investigation for handling child-pornography videos faces charges of taking improper pictures of a 7-year-old girl he was babysitting.
Cary police arrested Taylor Joseph Seftner, of 1404 Heathers Glen, at his home Friday afternoon on one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Capt. Randall Rhyne, head of investigations for the Cary department, said the FBI had asked Cary detectives for their help in an ongoing investigation. That is continuing, Rhyne said.
Arrest warrants say the incident with the 7-year-old happened in early October. Police charged that Seftner took at least seven photographs of the girl while she was sleeping.
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The warrants charging second-degree exploitation all list Sept. 7 as the date of the offense. They list 12 computer video files that involve girls whose ages appeared to range from 4 to 13 years old.
There was no indication that the 7-year-old was connected to the video files.
First-degree exploitation covers making images of children in sexual situations or encouraging them to take part or helping them do so. Second-degree exploitation covers obtaining or copying or distributing such pictures or videos.
A magistrate set Seftner’s bail at $1.25 million, and he was held for a court appearance Monday.