On Monday, November 2, 2020, John Noah Mast, W/M, age 19 of Taylorsville, was served with warrants for 35 counts of Felony 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a minor. This arrest and investigation stemmed from an Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) tip that a person in Alexander County was uploading child pornography. Multiple search warrants were executed based on the tip that was received. Investigation revealed that Mast was in possession of 35 separate items of child pornography.
Mast was taken into custody and is being held under a $500,000 secured bond with a first appearance date of Monday, November 9, 2020 in Alexander County District Court.
This investigation is continuing.
Sheriff Chris Bowman would like to thank the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security for their assistance in this investigation.
Authority of Sheriff Chris Bowman
November 3, 2020