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3/22/2023 5:14:00 PM
Man Facing Child Sexual Exploitation Charges In Two Counties

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. – On November 28, 2022 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the sexual exploitation of a child.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the case in early 2022 when pornographic recordings of a minor were discovered on accounts belonging to the defendant, Philip Scott Harris, 37, of Aberdeen.

During the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office investigation, detectives discovered that the recordings had been produced at a residence in Lincoln County where the defendant previously lived. Cleveland County Detective R. Gibson charged Harris with four counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor, failure to report an address change as a sex offender, and failure to report new online identifiers as a sex offender.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective K. Harrington charged Harris with four counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Harris was arrested in Moore County on March 19, 2023 and is being held on an $80,000 secured bond on the Cleveland and Lincoln County charges.

Harris is scheduled to appear in District Court on March 28, 2023 on the Lincoln County charges and on April 4, 2023 on the Cleveland County charges.

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