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An Air Force noncommissioned officer was arrested at Shaw Air Force Base on Monday on five charges connected to child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children, the South Carolina Attorney General’s office said.

The Shaw Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations and the Sumter Police Department arrested Tech. Sgt. David Wayne Crouse, 37, about 10:45 a.m. Monday, and executed search warrants at his office on base and at his Sumter home, according to Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office.

He has since received a $25,000 surety bond and was released.

Crouse is accused of sharing explicit files with a messaging group on or about April 23, 2021, according to his arrest documents. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led them to Crouse. Investigators state Crouse possessed files of child sexual abuse material, according to the attorney general’s office.

The NCO entered the Air Force on Aug. 5, 2003, to work in aerospace propulsion maintenance and is currently assigned to the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, according to his official service record.

(Diana M. Cossaboom/U.S. Air Force)

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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