(Press Release from Yancey County Sheriff's Dept. and Madison County Sheriff's Dept.)
Charles Ray Lunsford, 54, of 1177 Walker Branch Road, Mars Hill was arrested as a result of a joint investigation between the Yancey County Sheriff's Office and the Madison County Sheriff's Office for charges related to the distribution and possession of child pornography.
This arrest was the result of an ongoing effort and online investigations by the Yancey County Sheriff's Office into individuals that are actively trading and downloading child pornography. Detectives with the Yancey County Sheriff's Office were able to identify the person that was involved and later determined, after serving legal process that this person resided in Madison County.
Yancey County Detectives notified Madison County authorities of the findings of the investigation due to the crime having occurred in Madison County. The two agencies then worked together to secure a search warrant for the residence where the suspect resided. On Tuesday, April 29th, officers from both agencies executed the search warrant and recovered numerous items of digital evidence. The evidence was previewed and files of child pornography were located. The decision was made to charge Mr. Lunsford with the crimes above.
This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely, pending the full forensic examination of all of the evidence seized in the case.
Sheriff Gary Banks and Sheriff Buddy Harwood would both like to express their appreciation of how their two respective departments were able to work together to achieve a common goal during this investigation.
Mr. Lunsford is being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of a $100,000.00 secured bond.