Police have charged a man with downloading videos and still photos showing young girls in improper situations.
Darryl Lawing Pierce, 50, of Cary turned himself in Wednesday on arrest warrants that police had obtained a day earlier.
The warrants allege that on Nov. 15, Pierce had downloaded seven videos and five photos involving girls who ages were estimated to range from 2 to 11 years old.
Pierce was charged with 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
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Police agencies use software tools to monitor traffic on known pornography networks and are able to locate users through their online addresses.