RALEIGH – On Friday, February 26, 2021, Special Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Computer Crimes Unit arrested a Johnston County man on charges of manufacturing child pornography and committing sex offenses against minor children. This investigation was initiated after a cybertip report was sent to the SBI by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This joint investigation was conducted by the SBI, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office through their participation in the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Jason Thomas Galant, 33, was arrested at his home in southern Johnston County and charged with seven counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of committing a sex offense against a child under the age of 13. Galant is currently being held at the Johnston County Jail under a $3,050,000 secured bond.
This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who believes they may have further information should contact Assistant Special Agent in Charge C. L. Barefoot at 919-662-4500 or after hours at 1-800-334-3000. No additional information was released.