Crime & Public Safety

Beaufort man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, police say

Beaufort County Detention Center

An 18-year-old Beaufort man was charged Monday with two counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor, according to police records.

De’Marcus Ja’Barri Wright, 18, of Beaufort remained in Beaufort County Detention Center Tuesday on a $20,000 bond.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Bob Bromage said Wright recorded sexual acts with a minor. He said the parents of the victim learned about the recording and contacted police.

Police were able to attain a copy of the recording, made in July, during the investigation, Bromage said.

Wright was charged with one count each of first- and third-degree sexual exploitation. Convictions on the charges together carry up to 20 years in prison.

Teresa Moss is a crime and public safety reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She has worked as a journalist for 16-years for newspapers in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.