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Former 911 dispatcher arrested on child pornography charges, officials say

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A former Mecklenburg County 911 dispatcher was arrested in Gaston County for having and distributing child pornography.

Gaston County Police say 44-year-old Christopher Mauldin of Dallas was arrested on March 1, and charged with 11 counts of second degree exploitation of a minor. 

"As a public servant myself it saddens me that someone with the public's interest would do something like that," said Gaston County Police Sgt. Stephen Dover.

The investigation began in November after the SBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip. Officials say investigators then tracked Mauldin's movements on the Internet for about four months.

According to the official warrants, Mauldin was in possession of at least eleven photos, which were sexually graphic and involved young boys ranging in age from four to eleven years old. 

Detectives say Mauldin's computer had much more than those eleven photos.

"We could have charged him with more," said Sgt. Dover, "The the district attorney typically uses the more graphic to prove our case."

Mauldin lives in Gaston County but worked in Mecklenburg County as a 911 dispatcher for MEDIC.

Officials told WBTV his last day at work was February 27, and that he became a former employee on March 7.

A MEDIC spokesperson confirming Mauldin's employment said there are 500 employees who work for the government agency and the accusations against this one former employee do not represent the entire agency.

Mauldin is being held in the Gaston County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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