Ridgeway man arrested for child sexual exploitation

COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Brian Duncan Welsh, 36, of Ridgeway, on two charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Welsh was arrested on August 31, 2022 and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

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

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Welsh. Investigators state Welsh distributed files of child sexual abuse material. 

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

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