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McDaniel Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

Stephen McDaniel, who is charged with killing his neighbor Lauren Giddings, now faces seven charges of child sexual exploitation, according to Macon police. 

13WMAZ's Randall Savage obtained a copy of arrest warrants after police announced the new charges in a brief news release Tuesday.

The warrants state that photos of underage children having sex with adults were recovered from a flash drive in McDaniel's apartment. Superior Court Judge Tripp Self signed those warrants Tuesday.

State laws define the charge of child sexual exploitation as possessing material that depicts children in sexual situations.

McDaniel remains in the Bibb County jail. District Attorney Greg Winters says McDaniel will appear before a magistrate on the new charges at the jail on Wednesday.  

McDaniel is scheduled for a commitment hearing on felony murder charges on Friday. At that hearing, McDaniel's lawyer is expected to ask prosecutors for more about the evidence they have to justify continue holding McDaniel in jail.

McDaniel has been jailed since July 1, the day after Giddings' torso was found outside their Macon apartment building. McDaniel was initially arrested on two counts of burglary but police identified him as a person of interest in Giddings' death. He was charged with murder on August 2.


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