Mocksville man faces more child exploitation charges

Published 8:06 am Tuesday, December 12, 2023

By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

A forensic exam of electronic devices led to the arrest of a Mocksville man for multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Nathaniel Lee Hamm, 32, of US 64 W., had already been released on bond on marijuana and child exploitation charges when the new charges were filed last week. Judge John Welborn issued a $75,000 bond on the new charges.

The case came to the attention of the Davie County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 25, when officers received a report that Hamm was having an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

After an interview with the victim, officers met Hamm on Oct. 24 at his attorney’s office, at which time Hamm handed over one electronic device, said Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

That device revealed that Hamm likely had other devices containing illegal content, Hartman said. A search of his residence the next day found multiple devices hidden in a vehicle registered to Hamm, as well as marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

On Oct. 25, he was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor and second-degree exploitation of a minor. He received a $75,000 bond. On Oct. 27, he was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell marijuana, and the bond was increased by $4,995.

He was released on bond on Oct. 30.

The forensic review of the devices led to charges of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor on Dec. 8. These charges are related to additional minors and not the original victim, Hartman said.

The case is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 336-751-6238 or sheriff@dcsonc.com.