CHARLOTTE — A bill of indictment was unsealed in federal court Thursday, charging a Charlotte man with sex trafficking of a minor and producing child pornography, according to Andrew Murray, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Bryan Lee Ragon, 43, was arrested Thursday morning. According to the criminal indictment, Ragon is accused of sex trafficking a minor “in North Carolina, Wisconsin and elsewhere from Dec. 16 to Dec. 31, 2015.”
The indictment also alleges that in December 2015, Ragon knowingly produced a visual depiction of the minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and that he knowingly transported the minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity. The indictment further alleges that, in December 2015, Ragon received material containing child pornography.
Ragon’s next court appearance will be Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Sex trafficking of a minor carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Child-pornography charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The case was brought to court officials as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. It was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.