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Aiken Man Charged After Child Porn Investigation

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Aiken County authorities have locked up an Aiken man on 22 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor as a result of an undercover investigation into child pornography.

Ronald Gardner, 53, of Aiken, was arrested today on the charges, according to the jail website. Gardner is accused of possessing a large amount of child pornography and distributing it, according to a press release from sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah.

The arrest came after a search warrant was obtained and Gardner’s home was searched, the captain said. Arrests warrants were obtained and the suspect surrendered Wednesday.

According to Gardner’s Facebook profile, he is a married and is a retired correctional officer from New Jersey.
Gardner is currently being held without bond at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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