Knightdale man accused of uploading child porn to Tumblr facing 10+ charges

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KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Knightdale man is facing nearly a dozen child sex charges after authorities say he uploaded child pornography to a blogging and social network website.

Ryan G. Watkins, 35, of Aqua Marine Lane, is accused of uploading at least two images that “depicted children in sexual situations with adults” to Tumblr, according to a press release from the Town of Knightdale.

On Feb. 11, Knightdale police were alerted to the images by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) after Tumblr flagged them and notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who passed the tip on to the ICAC, officials said.

On Tuesday, police and North Carolina ICAC Task Force members executed a search warrant at Watkins’ home and seized three electronic devices. After analyzing the devices, authorities found several videos and pictures showing children engaged in sexual activity, according to the press release.

No children were living in the home with Watkins and the content did not include anyone else living at the home, officials said.

Watkins is now charged with 11 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The case is still under investigation and the seized devices will undergo a more thorough inspection in the future, according to officials.

Investigators are attempting to identify the victims. They are not believed to be from the Knightdale area.

Watkins is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 8.

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