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Man arrested on child porn charges near middle school, officials say

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A man was arrested on child pornography charges Wednesday after authorities executed a search warrant at his home near an Alexander County school.

Joshua Lynn Cook, 30, was arrested and charged with seven counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The search took place at Cook's home near East Alexander Middle School on White Plains Church Road in Hiddenite.

Investigators said Cook was in possession of material containing a "visual representation of a minor, ranging from ages six to 14."

WBTV spoke with parents who were picking their children up Thursday form East Alexander Middle School.

Crystal Fox has one daughter who attends East Alexander.  

"It is absolutely nasty I think. I mean, I don't know what goes on in their minds when they do stuff like this," Fox said. "People like that shouldn't be on the streets. I think they should be locked up and not around kids like this. I'm glad they finally caught up with him."

Alexander deputies and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed the search.

Cook was placed under a $100,000 bond.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing.

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