York County, South Carolina
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.
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.