ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man is facing child pornography charges after investigators located 17 of his victims nationwide.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation began in March of 2021 into Sherman Alexander Turner, 28, of Williamston.

Deputies said the photos they found while investigating revealed the 17 victims between the ages of 12 and 18 and lived in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • South Carolina

The sheriff’s office said Turner took on two different personas to reel in and blackmail his victims across the country.

During the search warrant, deputies seized Turner’s phone. While going through Turner’s phone, deputies said there were thousands upon thousands of photos and videos of children.

Turner was indicted on March 8, 2022, on the following changes:

  • possession of child pornography
  • four counts of distribution of child pornography
  • four counts of production of child pornography
  • transferring obscene material to a minor

Turner reached a plea deal with the prosecutor to plead guilty to the production of child pornography and the rest of his charges would be dropped.

Production of child pornography carries a 15 to 30-year sentence.

Turner is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention.