3 Charlotte men charged with having child sex abuse images

by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three Charlotte men were arrested on child sex crime charges Wednesday, and Eyewitness News anchor Natalie Pasquarella went to the communities where they lived and found out more about the investigation.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Cyber Crime Unit made the arrests Wednesday morning.

The three men, including a Charlotte veteran, face multiple felony charges connected to child sex abuse images. CMPD's Cyber Crime Unit told Eyewitness News it's a result of separate investigations launched months ago.

Police said the images discovered are heinous in nature, and all involved children.

Donald Veazie, 70, Larry Trevathan, 56, and John Winterton, 42, all face several charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Neighbors of Veazie couldn't believe the charges against him.
 
"Really? Yeah, he seemed like a good guy,” said neighbor Donnie Virgil.
 
Virgil and Veazie are veterans.
 
“He told me he's a veteran or he works for the USO. I'm a retired military guy... (he) just seemed like a nice guy," said Virgil.
 
Veazie and the two other men are in jail.
 
Veazie volunteered in the past at the USO but his access to the USO North Carolina Airport Center has been suspended," an official at the USO Charlotte office said.

Trevathan's neighbors in Ballantyne said they were concerned.

"We moved here because of the neighborhood, and kids and families -- you know it's really -- I'm just kind of blown away," Holly Bandel said.

She moved to the neighborhood Friday with her two children.

"I want them to go outside, and play like every other kid and don't want to worry about who's across the street," she said.
 
None of the suspects answered their doors when Eyewitness News went to their homes.

Anyone with additional information related to these cases are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-335-1600 or the National Cyber Tip Line at 1-800-843-5678.

You can also submit tips at here.