By Nikki Gaskins
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) — A former Moncks Corner cop is accused of more than a dozen crimes involving children.
Robert Shirer, 44, is charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Thursday, he faced a judge in bond court.
The investigation into Shirer reportedly began in July of this year. According to SLED, two out-of-state law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation — one in Florida and the other in Indiana.
"We're shocked by these allegations, judge," said Shirer's attorney, Scott Bischoff, Thursday.
Shirer stood silent in court as his attorney spoke for him.
"He was working as a Moncks Corner narcotics detective when the investigation started," said Bischoff.
According to investigators in the case, Shirer used a file sharing network to sell, purchase, and solicit material that contained minors engaging in sexual activity.
"I've talked with his parents about removing the computer from their home. He doesn't have any personal computers because those have been seized by SLED," said Bischoff.
Shirer's lawyer said his client had been recently living with his parents in Elloree.
"There's no allegation of inappropriate conduct, contact with children. And Mr. Shirer has no prior record whatsoever that would propose he's a danger to the community," said Bischoff. "The only family that he's got other than this mom and dad are his brother, sister, and brother-in-law who lives right across the street."
While his attorney wanted his client released on his own personal recognizance, the judge set bond at $100,000.
Bischoff said his client will seek the help of a medical professional.
"He's going to be under the care, careful care of a medical professional to ensure that his mental state is taken care of and to ensure that the community is protected," said Bischoff.
Along with SLED, the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was also involved in the case.
Shirer had worked in law enforcement for the past 20 years before recently resigning.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 15. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.