Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Union Man Arrested; Facing Five Counts

Stacie Bartro
July 10, 2020 - 10:39 am
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A Union man is facing up to 50 years in prison for the exploitation of minors if found guilty... 

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Investigators arrested Colton Blake Zelano, 32 of Union Wednesday. 

A press release from Attorney General Alan Wilson's office states a cyber tip-line led Investigators to Zelano who possessed multiple files of child sexual abuse material. 

He's charged with 5 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor 3rd degree which is a felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. 

Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office. 

 

Press release from the Attorney General's Office below:

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Colton Blake Zelano (age 32), of Union, S.C., on five charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General's Office made the arrest. Investigators with the United States Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Marshals Service and Union County Sheriff's Office, all also  members of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation and arrest.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Zelano. 

Investigators state Zelano possessed multiple files of child sexual abuse material.  

Zelano was arrested on July 8, 2020.  He is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

This case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

* Child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, is a more accurate reflection of the material involved in these heinous and abusive crimes.

"Pornography" can imply the child was a consenting participant.  Globally, the term child pornography is being replaced by CSAM for this reason.

 

 

 

 

 

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