Mooresville man charged with sending child pornography

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019

MOORESVILLE — A 19-year-old Mooresville man is being held under a $30,000 bond on charges of sharing child pornography through the online service Dropbox.

In October, Dropbox reported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office that several images and videos of possible child pornography were being uploaded to a Dropbox account. Dropbox is a personal cloud storage service that is frequently used for file sharing and collaboration. A Dropbox user can send files so others can view them.

Dropbox collected the information attached to the account along with the internet address, account name and email address. The physical address for the Dropbox account was in Mooresville.

The information was forwarded to Sgt. J. Lowrance of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit in cooperation with the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Lowrance reviewed the evidence and got a search warrant for the Dropbox account to obtain more information. Lowrance went to the Spruce Street address and interviewed Bradley Jay Pitts.

After gathering evidence, Lowrance got arrest warrants for Pitts on five counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Pitts was arrested March 8.