Daycare Employee Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Winston-Salem arrested Alyson Brooke Saunders Friday morning.  Saunders faces the following state charges:  four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, six counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of sexual offense with a child by an adult and two counts of crime against nature.

In late February, HSI Winston-Salem received a tip from HSI London that an individual arrested on child pornography charges abroad had communicated online with Saunders.  In response to that tip, HSI special agents conducted a consensual interview with Saunders and received consent to preview her electronic media. 

In March, Saunders admitted to exploiting and producing pornography of minor children.  In addition to her confession, forensic analysis of electronic media also confirmed that Saunders produced and disseminated child pornography, which led to her arrest Friday.

During the investigation, Saunders was employed at Fellowship Day School in Greensboro.  She was placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation.

Law enforcement officials have notified victims’ parents, and HSI victim-assistance specialists are available to connect victims’ families with resources and services.

If the public has additional information to share with law enforcement, they can call the HSI Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or submit a tip online at The tip line is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional details are not available; this is an ongoing investigation.