BEAUFORT — Carteret County deputies arrested a man after he left his phone at a neighbor’s house and the person who found it discovered child pornography on it.
According to a Tuesday news release, a Carteret County Sheriff’s Office detective responded Jan. 1 to the magistrate’s office in Beaufort after the person who found the phone described seeing pornographic images of children on it. The reporting person stated Donald Earl Willis, 61, of Gloucester, was attending a New Year’s Eve party and left his phone at the residence where the party occurred.
The following morning, the owner of the residence discovered the unlocked phone and attempted to identity who the phone belonged to. After gaining access to the phone menu, the person who found the phone discovered what appeared to be child pornography.
After a search warrant was executed on the phone, a forensic examination discovered more than a dozen image files depicting child pornography, featuring pre-pubescent children.
Mr. Willis was arrested Tuesday morning on 11 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. His bond was set at $100,000.