The search warrant that led to the arrest of a former UNC employee was filed to investigate activity on his computer that could implicate him and his wife in the sexual exploitation of children.
Campus police arrested Charles Hitlin, then a manager in the information technology department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, on Nov. 8 when a 9 mm loaded pistol was discovered in his campus office. A Gerber knife was also seized, the warrant states.
Campus police discovered the gun during a multi-departmental investigation of computer crimes. The warrant obtained to search Hitlin’s office details suspected involvement, conducted from his computer between Oct. 24 and Nov. 5, in sexual relationships with individuals as young as 12 years old.
The warrant states that Detective Mike Deaton of the Morrisville Police Department had several undercover interactions with an individual or individuals using the username “amyinnc” on a chat room known as chat.motherless.com.
The IP address of Hitlin’s computer in Rosenau Hall was identified in the chat rooms, which are used for sharing child pornography.