Sheriff: Rock Hill SC man shared explicit videos of children online

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A Rock Hill man was charged by York County MPs Wednesday with share videos of children engaging in sex acts after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, records show.

Joseph Vincent Ziranski Jr., 33, has five warrants for his arrest for second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to jail records and York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Corporal. Johnathan Gilbert.

Ziranski is accused of using the social media app Discord to distribute or share five videos of children as young as 3, according to warrants obtained by The Herald. An incident report from the sheriff’s office says a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in March alerted deputies to a possible download of illegal material.

The content was shared from an internet address in Rock Hill, according to warrants. Ziranski’s devices were seized.

Second degree sexual exploitation of a minor is defined by South Carolina law as a person who “distributes, conveys, exhibits, receives, sells, purchases, trades or solicits material containing a visual representation of a minor engaged in sexual activity or appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity where a reasonable person would infer that the purpose is sexual stimulation.

The charges are felonies carrying a potential sentence of two to 10 years in prison for each offence, South Carolina Law States.

The case should be prosecuted by the SC Attorney General’s Office as a member of Internet crimes against children draft task force comprised of federal, state, and local police and prosecutors.

Ziranski was released from the York County Detention Center on bond after an initial court appearance after posting $35,000 bond, according to sheriff’s deputies and court records.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice and people . He is the author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the US Library of Congress.

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