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Mar 22nd 2019

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 22, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Timothy Glen Kaylor (age 65) of  Florence, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with  the Florence Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Secret Service, all also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the execution of the search warrant and arrest.   Investigators state Kaylor possessed multiple files of child pornography.     Kaylor was arrested on March 21, 2019. …

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) –  March 21, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Christopher Michael Dunn (age 18) of Gaston, SC, Jerome Antonio Summers  (age 36) of Cayce, SC, Joseph Matthew Hay (age 25) of West Columbia, SC, and Kaden Charles Hylton Rhoades (age 19) of Columbia, SC, on 35 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests. Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), all also members of the state’s ICAC…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 20, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that a Lancaster County man has been convicted of having child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ray Gene Cook, Jr., represented by Mark Grier, pleaded guilty today to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 3rd Degree, before the Honorable Roger E. Henderson in Lancaster County. In May of 2016, Special Investigator Kevin Atkins with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a proactive investigation into the use of computer file sharing programs for possession and distribution on the internet of files depicting…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 19, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of William Germelman White, Jr., (age 50) of  North Charleston, SC, on 20 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.   Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to White. Investigators state White distributed and possessed files of child…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 18, 2019 – A Spartanburg man has been sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography. On December 13, 2018, David Mark Dagostino, represented by Tom Quinn, pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 3rd Degree, in front of Judge Grace Knie in Spartanburg County. Between October 2016 and May 2017, Dagostino distributed multiple files of child pornography to both Lucinda McKellar and Kevin Atkins with the SC Attorney General’s Office.  After executing a search warrant at the defendant’s residence, additional files of child pornography were located on his computer equipment. On March 14,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 18, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Anthony Castelli (age 70) of  Myrtle Beach SC, on six charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Castelli distributed and possessed files of child pornography.     Castelli was arrested on March 15, 2019.  He is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count; and four counts…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 13, 2019 – Attorney General Alan Wilson announces the 2019 Grant Solicition Workshop for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and State Victims Assistance Grant Program (SVAP) grants.    The primary purposes of the workshop is: ·         Advise potential applicants of the eligible areas in which they may apply (e.g., direct services to victims of crime). ·         The opening and closing dates of the solicitation (March 18th and April 30th) and when the one-year grant cycle begins (October 1, 2019). ·         What items or services are allowable under federal guidelines and what must be…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 13, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of William Freeman Sturgis (age 31) of  Rock Hill, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the York County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Sturgis possessed multiple files of child pornography.     Sturgis was arrested on March 12, 2019.  He is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.   The case will…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 12, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Patrick Joseph Power (age 56) of  Fountain Inn, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.   Investigators state Power distributed files of child pornography.     Power was arrested on March 6, 2019.  He is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second…

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