Update: Travelers Rest man sentenced in child pornography case

(Updated: 11/17/14)

GREENVILLE, S.C. – A Travelers Rest man pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges and was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison, according to Homeland Security agents who helped prosecute the case.

Walter T. Alexander was arrested in 2013 following an investigation by the Travelers Rest Police Dept and subsequently indicted on a total of 23 charges in March of this year. (See below.)

Alexander, who pleaded guilty to the charges in July and was sentenced earlier this month, will also get a lifetime of supervised release, according to agents.

(Original article: 03/12/14)

GREENVILLE, S.C. – A Travelers Rest man has been indicted on federal child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Tuesday.

In a two-count indictment, 30-year-old Walter T. Alexander was charged with possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

On the federal charges, the maximum penalty Alexander could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the possession charge. On the charge of receipt, the penalty is not less than five years and not more than 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000, according to Nettles.

Last year, Alexander was charged at the state level with twenty counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment on each count. The Travelers Rest Police Department, acting on a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, conducted the investigation.

The federal case, assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Watkins Jr., was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Watkins said the U.S. is adopting the state charges.

Alexander is currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.