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Convicted sex offender faces child porn charges in Boone, North Carolina

Johnson City Press • Nov 22, 2019 at 9:22 PM

BOONE, N.C. — Police on Friday announced the arrest of a registered sex offender on child pornography-related charges.

Joshua Wayne Clemons, 39, Boone, was charged with nine counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

In a news release, Boone Police Department Sgt. Geoff Hayes said the BPD, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation as members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children.

Hayes said Sex Offender Registry information stated Clemons was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in December 1999. The victim was 12 at the time of the offense. Court records also showed Clemons was convicted of sexual battery and assault on a female in Forsyth County in October 2016. The victim in that case was also a minor.

The investigation was ongoing. Hayes asked anyone with information pertaining to Clemons and sexual exploitation of minors to contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.

The North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is engaged in investigations and prosecutions regarding child abuse and exploitation of children involving the internet.

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