On August 18, Jose Silva, Jr. appeared in Moore County Superior Court and pled guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation, thirteen counts of second-degree sexual exploitation, and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Silva, 36, of Aberdeen, received an active prison sentence of 20 years minimum to 39 years and 11 months maximum, according to Moore and Hoke County District Attorney Mike Hardin.
Additionally, Silva was ordered to register as a sex offender for a period of 30 years upon his release from prison and also ordered to be placed on satellite-based monitoring for a period of 30 years.
This case was investigated by the Aberdeen Police Department and assistance was provided by the State Bureau of Investigation.
The investigation began in October of 2019, and Silva has been in custody since he was charged in this case in November of 2019.
“The Moore/Hoke County District Attorney’s Office has been working diligently with law enforcement agencies to prosecute backlogged cases that have been in custody for lengthy periods of time,” said Hardin. “We credit this successful prosecution to the diligent and thorough investigation of the Aberdeen Police.”