More sexual exploitation of a minor charges have been filed against a Roanoke Rapids couple following further investigation into their case.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said Captain Jamie Hardy discovered “copious amounts of new evidence to proceed with 24 charges of second-degree exploitation of a minor” against Ian Bundy and Eddie Martin.
Officers discovered that the men had been buying and selling, as well as trading, thousands of videos depicting children ranging from babies to teenagers being forced to perform sexual acts with adult males.
Hardy said the new charges were based on a review of some of the evidence collected at the men’s residence off Julian R. Allsbrook Highway last month.
There are more than 4,000 videos included in the case. The men were using chat rooms, some overseas and some in the United States, to buy, sell and trade the videos.
Last month the men were charged with 83 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of minors following the investigation which began last year.
A search warrant filed in the case shows that a report from the file hosting company Dropbox to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February of 2021 led to the investigation.
The NCMEC received the report from Dropbox on February, 7 2021.
The report said that a user uploaded image files which depicted the sexual exploitation of minor children.
Dropbox also provided the IP address with dates and times that the files were uploaded.
The NCMEC then provided the information to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Charter Communications, which is branded as Spectrum, and identified the account holder as Bundy, 30.
Hardy reviewed 65 image files and observed they depicted minor male children nude or engaged in sexual acts.
The men remain jailed under $100,000 bonds.