A freelance writer and horror-fiction writer from eastern Wake County surrendered Monday on charges that he had received more than 450 explicit pictures of girls who appear to be 12 to 15 years old.
Richard Alan Conine, 51, of 9428 Heritage Landing Court, a Zebulon address near Shepard School Road, turned himself in at the Wake County Detention Center and was booked on five warrants obtained by Zebulon police.
The warrants accused Conine of second-degree sexual exploitation of a child, saying he received the images between Jan. 27 and Feb. 16. They alleged four counts of third-degree exploitation for possession of the same images.
Police did not specify whether the images they believe Conine had were electronic or on paper.
Conine says on his website that he is the author of novels titled “Hellpointe” and “Dreamtime” and an upcoming novel titled “Lords of Dust.”
Conine also says he works as a freelance nonfictiion writer and as a ghostwriter focusing on military veterans’ autobiographies.
For working with veterans, Conine cites a career as “a 20-year Navy veteran and a former counter-intelligence and anti-terrorism analyst who worked with DoD, the U.S. State Department, the CIA and the FBI.”
Police also filed misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and synthetic cannabinoid, listing March 11 for those charges.
Police got the warrants on March 18 and 19, records showed.
Conine was held on $703,000 bail for a first court appearance Tuesday, though a magistrate noted that Conine has only traffic offenses on his record.