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Little River Man Indicted for Production of Child Pornography and Sexual Coercion of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA — A federal grand jury in Florence returned an indictment against James Edward Moss, Jr., 37, of Little River, for production of child pornography and sexual coercion of a minor.

The indictment alleges that from April 20, 2022, until April 23, 2022, Moss persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor victim to engage in prostitution and the production of child pornography. The indictment further alleges that during this timeframe, Moss actually produced child pornography of the minor victim.

Moss faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and is currently detained pending a detention hearing.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Horry County Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Derek A. Shoemake and Lauren Hummel are prosecuting the case. 

U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs stated that all charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact

Derek Shoemake, Public Information Officer, U.S. Attorney’s Office, derek.shoemake@usdoj.gov, (843) 813-0982

Updated December 5, 2022

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Project Safe Childhood