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Irmo man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Investigators say 43-year-old Daniel Newbanks had explicit photos of a minor in his e-mail.

IRMO, S.C. — An Irmo man is facing charges after police say he had inappropriate pictures of minors in his e-mail.

Thursday morning, Irmo police arrested 43-year-old Daniel Newbanks.

Investigators say they found sexually explicit photos of a minor in his e-mail. 

Newbanks is now charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

He is a well known community member, serving as the Founder of the Irmo Third Thursday Festival.

Credit: Newbanks in a May 2019 interview (WLTX)

Various websites also show Newbanks as a professional photographer.

Last November, he ran for a position in the Irmo Town Council and lost.

Credit: WLTX

Irmo police say the victim in this case came forward to police, and the investigation started as an unlawful communication case.

Newbanks is charged with 7 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, 3rd degree and 1 count of conspiracy to commit exploitation of a minor, 1st degree.

He was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Richland County Jail, where he's awaiting a bond hearing.

Irmo police ask that anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime to please call the department at 803-781-8088.