ROCK HILL, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Rock Hill police officer and former SRO has been fired following a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed on Friday.

Officer Daniel Shealy was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 28, around 1 p.m. by the York County Sheriff’s Office.

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He faces several charges including sexual exploitation of a minor. He is being held without bond.

Daniel Shealy via York County Sheriff’s Office

The 34-year-old Shealy has been with the Rock Hill Police Department since 2011.

Shealy is accused of possessing and distributing images of child pornography over the internet while he was off duty.

A Crimes Against Children Task Force, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Rock Hill PD, and the York County Sheriff’s Office were among the departments involved in this case.

Statement from Rock Hill Chief of Police Chris Watts:

“Our community trusts its police department to hold itself to the highest standards of excellence and integrity. We are troubled by the details of the allegations against one of our former officers, as we pride ourselves on being trusted public servants.

These allegations do not represent the vision, mission, and values of our department or the law enforcement community. Based on this information, the officer was terminated from the Rock Hill Police Department effective September 28, 2023.

Daniel Shealy was hired by the Rock Hill Police Department on January 3, 2011. He served on Patrol until August 7, 2017, when he transferred to being a School Resource Officer at South Pointe High School. His last assignment began on June 5, 2023, in the Criminal Investigations Division.

We value the trust and support of the Rock Hill community, and I want to reassure you we have committed to protecting and serving our community.”