Ayden man faces 11 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – An Ayden man has been charged with having child pornography thanks to an Internet Crimes Against Children tip from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says it received the tip back in July 2023 and began its investigation.

During the investigation, deputies say detectives served a search warrant and found evidence needed for charges.

Keith Thomas was arrested Tuesday at his residence, deputies say, and charged with 11 counts of 3rd degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The 22-year-old Ayden man is being held at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $250,000.00 bond.

His first court date is Wednesday.