Crime

Pickens Man Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Material Charges

Matthew Leon Arotin

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Matthew Leon Arotin, 62, of Pickens, SC, on six charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Arotin. Investigators state Arotin distributed files of child sexual abuse material.

Arotin was arrested on May 13, 2022. He is charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

Arotin was previously convicted on related charges in 2014 and 2016.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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