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2 Men Arrested for Child Sex Crimes


Two men from South Carolina have been charged with multiple child sex crimes. A tip resulted in an investigation that led to their arrests.

Investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched the men’s electronics and homes. They ended up arresting a 24-year-old man from Easley, South Carolina, and a 54-year-old man from Liberty, South Carolina. In total, they face 32 criminal charges for sexually exploiting minors.

Investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and that led to the arrest of both men. News reports indicate that one man possessed files of child sexual abuse material, while the other possessed and distributed child sexual abuse material.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on September 27. He was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, which is a felony charge that carries up to 10 years in prison for each count. The other man was arrested on October 6 and charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. That is also a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. In addition, he faces 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Both are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

What Are Child Sex Crimes?

The thought of involving a child in a sex act is extremely disturbing. Children cannot consent to sex, so it’s a topic that makes people uncomfortable — and it should. Sexual abuse scars children and destroys families.

It’s hard to know exactly how often child sex abuse happens because it often goes unreported. Researchers believe the abuse rate could be anywhere from 1% to 35%. That’s a wide range. The results of some studies of adults show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men reported being sexually abused by the time they turned 18 years old.

Research shows that there are several risk factors that make child sexual abuse more likely to occur. The most significant risk factor is family structure. Children who live with two married biological parents face the lowest risk of abuse. The risk increases when children live with step-parents or a single parent. Children living in a foster environment are 10 times more likely to be sexually abused. Children who live with a single parent that has a live-in partner face the highest risk, as they are 20 times more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse than children who live with both biological parents.  Additionally, there have been cases where child sexual abuse occurred outside the child’s home – either at church, school, or at recreational events.  Regardless of where the abuse occurs, it is important to report it immediately to law enforcement and to seek an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and assist you and your family in obtaining justice.

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Sexual abuse is a devastating experience for both the victims and their loved ones. Victims often deal with lifelong physical and emotional trauma.

Don’t suffer in silence. The Columbia sexual abuse and trauma victim lawyers at Simmons Law Firm works tirelessly to hold those responsible accountable for the damage done and obtain justice for victims. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (803) 779-4600.



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