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LOUISBURG — A Wake Forest police officer who was fired last month after officials said he admitted to viewing child pornography was charged Thursday state investigators after he turned himself in.
Alex Gary Sims, 35, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, court records show. The offense in the second degree relates to the copying or distribution of child pornography.
Sims, who lives on Willowcrest Drive in Louisburg, turned himself in to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Thursday, according to Terry Wright, chief of staff at the sheriff's office.
The charge stems from an N.C. State Bureau of Investigation warrant, Wright said.
An SBI spokeswoman said the investigation began when following a cyber tip, and that additional information cannot be released. The investigation is ongoing.
Sims was held under a $50,000 secured bond.
Sims worked as a corporal for the Wake Forest Police Department. He placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 10 after the SBI informed Wake Forest police that he was being investigated, town officials said.
He was then fired Jan. 13.
A copy of Sims’ termination notice, provided by the town, claimed Sims admitted to viewing child pornography and images of bestiality online.
The notice also claims Sims lied to investigators about a false profile name he used online and that Sims did not inform the police department that he was under investigation by another agency, which is town policy.
Sims was hired by the Wake Forest Police Department in April 2013. He was promoted to corporal in January 2019, town officials said.
He had no prior disciplinary record at Wake Forest, the town said.