Lincoln County man charged with child exploitation

- An Iron Station man is accused of sexually exploiting children.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Robert Lee Powell turned himself in Thursday after detectives assisting the FBI Task Force say they discovered child pornography on computers at his residence on NC 73 Highway in Iron Station.

The images depicted children between the ages of 7 and 9-years-old, according to investigators.

Powell is charged with five felony counts of second degree exploitation of a minor and five felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. 

 He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.  Powell will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on September 22, 2017.

 

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