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Child porn suspect returned to Effingham

POSTED: July 4, 2013 2:47 p.m.
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Edward Holmes

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A man charged with possessing and distributing "hundreds" of images of child pornography was denied bond Wednesday in Effingham County Magistrate Court.

Edward Holmes, 52, of Savannah was extradited to Effingham County on Tuesday. He was arrested in Montgomery County, Va., on June 14 after he fled Chatham County, according to investigators.

Holmes is being held in the Effingham County Jail on two charges of sexual exploitation of children. Holmes was denied bond because of the severity of his charge and the consideration that he is a flight risk, said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

According to the ECSO’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Holmes was downloading and sharing child pornography while living at the Quail Run Lodge, an extended stay hotel off Dean Forest Road in Chatham County. The task force investigates crimes against children across several counties.

Investigators discovered that someone had been using the hotel’s IP address for several weeks to download and share images of child pornography, and they traced the computer being used to Holmes’ room.

The task force searched the room and found "hundreds of explicit pictures and videos of child pornography with children under 10 years of age" on Holmes’ laptop computer, Ehsanipoor said.

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