WAKE FOREST, N.C. — A Wake Forest man was arrested Friday on allegations he had videos that showed young girls and boys being sexually exploited.
Editor’s Note: The description of these videos is explicit and may be disturbing for some readers.
An arrest warrant for Royce Cosmo Fuoco, 47, alleges he made copies of videos showing children between the ages of 5 to 13 years old performing sex acts on adult men, and videos that included bestiality and rape.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Fuoco after receiving a cyber tip, authorities said.
The warrants describe videos apparently filmed by an adult man as children performed sex acts on him. In at least one video described in the warrants, a man raped a child under the age of 10 and recorded it.
At least one of the children in the videos was between the ages of 3 and 5 and was shown engaging in a sex act with an older female, according to the warrant.
Fuoco was charged with 13 counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor. He’s being held under a $2 million bond at the Wake County Detention Center.
In court on Friday, Fuoco asked a judge to lower his bond due to “his long-time public service.” He served as a volunteer firefighter in Wake Forest from 2001 to 2014, according to the town of Wake Forest.
The judge denied his request for a lower bond.
Fuoco is employed full-time by an IT company in the Research Triangle Park., he said in court.