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Mount Airy man charged with 65 counts of child exploitation, numerous child sex crimes, sheriff says

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A Mount Airy man has been charged with dozens of sex crimes against children.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a month-long investigation led deputies to arrest Mark William Combs, 37 after the sheriff’s office received a cyber-tip from the FBI and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin.

On Nov. 4, deputies from Surry County and officials from the State Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant of Combs’ home.

“These types of investigations are extremely emotional, time-consuming, and lengthy,” Surry County Sheriff Steve Hiatt said in the release,

Combs is charged with 65 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, five counts of statutory sex offense, five counts of indecent liberties with a minor, five counts of crime against nature, one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of statutory rape of a child under fifteen and one count of incest with a child.

Additional charges could be filed. Combs’ electronic devices were taken during the investigation, the release said.

Combs is being held on a $3.9 million secured bond.

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