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Oct 17th 2019

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 16, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of William Lloyd Hepburn (age 18) of  Charleston, SC, on 11 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Charleston Police Department and Charleston 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 received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Hepburn. Investigators state Hepburn created…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 14, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Mark David Swierski, (age 50) of  Lexington, SC, on six charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington 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 Swierski. Investigators state Swierski distributed and possessed files…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 14, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Daniel Anthony Feerst, (age 64) of  Mount Pleasant, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Mount Pleasant Police Department 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 Feerst. Investigators state Feerst  possessed files of…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C,) – Oct. 11, 2019– Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that a man accused of a Thanksgiving Day 2016 murder has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. On Thursday, a Lexington County jury found Michael Williams guilty of Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime. “This was a senseless and cold-blooded murder,” Attorney General Wilson said. “I’m thankful that investigators were able to catch this killer and develop a strong case and my team was able to get this man off the streets for life.” On Thanksgiving Day of 2016 at 2:00 p.m.,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 10, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that a former school bus driver has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after impregnating a 14-year-old girl who rode his bus. Kevin Michael Wesley, Jr., pleaded guilty on Monday, October 7th, to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, First Degree and one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Third Degree in Charleston County. Judge R. Markley Dennis sentenced Wesley to 12 years in prison on the charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Third Degree and 10 years in…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 10, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Jon Daniel St. Jean, (age 43) of  Moncks Corner, SC, on five 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 Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshal’s Service and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), all also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this arrest.   Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 8, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that a man from Varnville in Hampton County was sentenced to four years in prison Monday, October 7th, for possessing child pornography. John Edward Benson pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 3rd degree, in front of Judge Carmen Mullen in Allendale County. In May 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip that a user uploaded nearly 100 images to a Dropbox cloud storage account. Special Investigator Jason Hughes with the Attorney General’s Office obtained subscriber information…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 2, 2019 – President Donald Trump signed the Autism CARES Act into law Monday, which will mean $1.8 billion over five years to fund a whole-of-government approach to help children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson was part of a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general supporting passage of the act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously in July and the Senate passed it unanimously in September. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Oct. 2, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Michael Oronde Williams (age 42) of Goose Creek, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Goose Creek Police Department 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 state Williams distributed multiple files of child pornography.     Williams was arrested on September 25, 2019. He is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of…

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