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Man accused of filming young girls at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville

Police said the videos filmed in Sevier County are not enough to charge Stefan with any crimes.
Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 9:06 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 10:28 AM EDT
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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. (WVLT) - Officials with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the water park where a man admitted to filming girls during a trip to East Tennessee.

According to reports, on February 5, 2021, members of the Human Exploitation Team began an undercover investigation involving a man who offered to share child sexual abuse materials with deputies.

Investigators received information from the subpoena which indicated that the IP address belonged to Christopher Earnest Stefan, 45, of Haw River, North Carolina.

Investigators said Stefan later admitted to owning numerous files of child sex abuse materials. Authorities searched Stefan’s residence where they located numerous files of sex abuse materials on Stefan’s computers.

Upon inspection of the devices, detectives were able to confirm the videos were recorded at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville.

Police said the videos filmed in Sevier County are not enough to charge Stefan with any crimes.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

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