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Granite Falls man charged with sending explicit text messages of a child

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LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

A Caldwell County man was arrested for texting explicit photos of a child.

Joel Whither Hart, 47, of Granite Falls, is charged with second degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators in Alamance County say they were first alerted to the text messages in March.

The messages were traced back to the residence in Granite Falls.

Hart was arrested Monday and his bond was set at $50,000.

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