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Deputies: Brothers busted on child porn charges

By Elizabeth Bynum
Published On: Dec 17 2012 12:45:21 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 03:13:13 PM CST
STELLA -

Two men are arrested for possessing more than 10,000 images of child pornography, according to investigators.

Carteret County deputies say Michael Ray Lassiter, 26, and Kevin Wayne Lassiter, 28, were charged after a six-month investigation.  Deputies say the pair had numerous images including 36 videos of unidentified minors.

Michael Lassiter, a registered sex offender, was already in custody for violating conditions of his parole in May of 2012 for possession of child pornography, according to a news release.  Lassiter was originally charged in 2005 and served a sentence until he was released 2010.  He's been charged with five counts of third degree exploitation of a minor and held on a $200,000.00 bond.

Kevin Lassiter was also charged with five counts of third degree exploitation of a minor and held on a $75,000.00 bond.  Both brothers will have a first court appearance on Tuesday.