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North Charleston Man Sentenced to Twelve Years in Federal Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Through Snapchat

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

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Ty’Qwane Antonio Dix, 26, of North Charleston, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

In October 2022, Dix pleaded guilty to use of an interstate commerce facility to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to court documents and hearings, from August 2020 through January 2021, Dix portrayed himself online as a 19-year-old male. In that capacity, he enticed and coerced a 12-year-old girl in Virginia into sending him sexually explicit videos and images of herself via Snapchat. Dix later threatened to send her videos/images to others if she did not comply with his requests.

United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks sentenced Dix to 151 months in prison, to be followed by a life term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean H. Secor prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.



Brook Andrews, First Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office,, 803-929-3000

Updated May 25, 2023

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