The Hoke County Sheriff Office; Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin, announces on June 6, 2018 that continuing investigations have showed that a Raeford man was involved in child pornography.
Stephen Spears was charged with 184 counts of 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Stephen Spears is being held at the Hoke County Detention Center on a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Further investigation continues.
In 2009 Spears faced 18 counts of second- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after he reportedly had images of girls as young as 7 in sexually explicit poses, authorities said.
Spears was charged by law enforcement again in 2017 with 57 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 57 counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. Investigators found child pornography on two computers confiscated during an animal cruelty raid on the property in January of 2016. Officials stated at that time that they did not believe any of the children in the photos were from the local area.
Suspect #1: Stephen Joseph Spear
Suspect Race/Sex: White Male
Suspect Dob/Age: 03/27/1947 / 67 years of age
Suspect Address: Fulford McMillan Road Raeford, NC 28376
Charge(s): 184 total count(s) Felony 2nd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Felony 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Offense Date/Time: February 9, 2017
Offense Location: 400 Fulford McMillian Road, Raeford NC
Date Of Arrest: June 6, 2018
Bond: $1,000,000.00 secured bond
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.