Gray man charged with sexual exploitation

A 41-year-old Gray man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child after allegations surfaced that he shared child pornography online with an undercover Illinois police officer, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Harry William Pasto, of Annies Path in Gray, was arrested Tuesday and was released from the Bibb County jail on $9,000 bond the same day, according to jail records.

An attempt to reach Pasto for comment Wednesday was unsuccessful. A phone number listed in his name had been disconnected.

Bibb sheriff’s Capt. Mike Smallwood said Illinois authorities started its investigation of Pasto in July 2010 and contacted Bibb County deputies in January because Pasto lived in Bibb County at the time. He has since moved to Gray.

“We’ve been monitoring” the situation, Smallwood said.

Detective Chris Harrell is investigating the case with assistance from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.