Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Thursday, December 19, 2019 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint operation with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.
The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office had conducted an investigation based upon child pornography having been sent from Ross Arlington Edwards through the internet. Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Detectives determined Edwards lived in Iredell County, and contacted Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Detectives with both agencies executed a search warrant on Thursday, December 19 at 455 Nixon Road. The search located additional child pornography located on an electronic device.
Edwards was interviewed along with one other witness which culminated in Edwards being taken into custody.
Ross Arlington Edwards was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with: Three Counts of Felony Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Ross was issued a 60,000.00 dollar secured bond by Magistrate R. Imes for these charges. Additional charges are likely once all of the electronic devices which were seized are forensically processed.
The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office also charged Edwards with: Two Counts of Felony Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Ross was issued a 40,000.00 dollar secured bond by Magistrate S. Watkins for those offenses.
Ross Arlington Edwards, 51 Years Old
455 Nixon Road
Statesville, North Carolina 28625
100,000.00 DOLLARS SECURED BOND.
Criminal history: Two Counts of Misdemeanor Breaking or Entering, Four Counts of Misdemeanor Larceny, Three Counts of Driving While Impaired, DWI Level 2, Misdemeanor Second Degree Trespassing, and Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.