Man arrested in porn investigation

August 8, 2008 8:21:56 AM PDT
Cary Police arrested a self-proclaimed porn star who's linked to a missing 12-year-old boy.

Dakota Melton, 21, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Investigators say Melton met the 12-year-old Sanford boy on MySpace, a social networking site. When the two met in person, police say Melton crossed the line.

"We got some info from the Sanford Police Department," Captain Michael Williams, Cary PD, said. "They had began investigating a missing person's case -- a 12-year-old from Sanford."

Investigators say the boy told his parents he was going to meet a friend. That friend, according to police, was Melton. The two initially met on MySpace.

Police say Melton picked up the boy in Sanford, took him to dinner and a movie, and then brought him back to his Cary apartment.

According to search warrants, the boy fell asleep on the couch and woke up to Melton "sucking on his neck." A medical exam found hickeys on the boy's body and a foreign pubic hair in his shorts.

Investigators say Melton is into porn. On his MySpace page, he portrays himself as an 18-year-old former porn star.

Police say Melton has been extremely cooperative -- even admitting to them he and his roommate make their living by masturbating over internet Web cams. Police are still investigating that claim.

"He [Melton] informed us that a lot of the way he gets his money to support himself is through what we feel like is some acts over the internet -- whether or not there is a criminal violation in that -- we haven't determined that yet," Captain Williams said.

The investigation is not over and Cary Police say more charges are possible. Melton's bond was set at $20,000, but he bonded out Thursday afternoon.


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