A man who tried to gain the public’s trust by running for Irmo Town Council last fall has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Daniel ‘Dan’ Newbanks, 43, was arrested on the morning of June 18 and charged with seven counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor 3rd degree and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Exploitation of a Minor 1st Degree. He was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia to await a bond hearing.

Captain Courtney Dennis of the Irmo Police Department said Newbanks had in his possession explicit sexual images of a child. The photos were found in his email.

The investigation began in December of 2019 when the victim contacted law enforcement which began an unlawful communication case. According to SC Code of Laws it is unlawful to use in a telephonic communication or any other electronic means, any words or language of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or an indecent nature, or to communicate or convey by telephonic or other electronic means an obscene, vulgar, indecent, profane, suggestive, or immoral message to another person.

Newbanks is known in the Irmo community as founder of Third Thursday which was a once a month outdoor event held in Irmo Village Shopping Center that included food trucks and music.

During his campaign for town council in November 2019 he accused a seated councilman of threatening him and his family. He posted a lengthy interview on Facebook detailing the incident but nothing ever came of his accusations. Newbanks came in last out of five candidates.

He has a professional photography business.

Newbanks could face a maximum of 10 years on each charge if convicted.

At the time of this printing Newbanks was still being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.