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Columbia Man Charged with Sexually Exploiting Minor

Investigators say Jason Edward Arion had photos of children engaging in sexual activity on his computer.

A Columbia man is in jail after an undercover investigator discovered that online pictures of children engaging in sexual activity originated from the man's IP address, according to the S.C. Attorney General's Office.

Jason Edward Arion, 32, is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff's Department seized a laptop computer, cell phone, video and still cameras and other computer-related equipment from Arion's house Friday before arrested him.

He was assigned a surety bond of $35,000 and ordered to not used a computer or cell phone and to avoid contact with children.

Arion could face two to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted, according to the Attorney General's office.

Deputies are investigating and say that Arion could face more charges.  

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

Robert Kelly March 02, 2013 at 03:45 AM
I don't know where this guy worked, but his employer should appreciate that he didn't do this stuff at work. I had an employee indulge in chat and arrange a meeting, using the computer at work on a night shift! When they came for the evidence after the arrest they took two computers and we never got them back, even after the conviction. Evidence is locked up forever! If convicted, this guy's life is over. I have seen how it plays out, and the screenplay is full of people who lose, and no winners. My sincerest condolences to his family, they have a very tough road ahead of them.
Tat'd Chick March 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
The fact that the police are able to make these kind of allegations is whats truly disgusting. The fact that the media picks these stories up and runs with them is even more disgusting. The article states that cameras and videoing equipment were confiscated,but fails to mention no evidence was discovered on them,merely that they were TAKEN...beacuse,after all,the police can seize whatever they want. I hope that justice is served and that this mans name is cleared. _A family friend
Tammy Nelson June 10, 2014 at 02:33 PM
I.hope he's in jail! Sick bastard!

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