DeUNIAK SPRINGS — A South Carolina man could face up to 100 years in prison following an undercover investigation into child pornography.

Ronald Hinch, 66 of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after soliciting who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl for sex. However, the person he was communicating with actually was an undercover investigator, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

Hinch sent nude images of himself during the course of the investigation and said he intended to travel to Florida to have sex with the girl.

An investigator with the Sheriff's Office's Special Victims Unit began chatting with Hinch in December. The Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant May 8 for his arrest and South Carolina authorities were notified of the warrant.

Hinch was arrested by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.

Investigators also found a large amount of child pornography following a search of Hinch’s home on May 30. The Conway, Myrtle and Coastal Carolina police departments assisted in the case.

Hinch faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the 10 counts. Those are in addition to charges out of Walton County for transmitting harmful material to a minor, using a computer to solicit a minor for sex and using a two-way communication device in the commission of a felony.