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Sep 19th 2020

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 18, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Theodore Woolings Bye, III, 35, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on 26 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and  Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, and the Myrtle Beach Police Department, assisted with this case.   Investigators state Bye encouraged a minor victim to produce and send sexually explicit images and…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 17, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that Mark Alan Miller today entered a guilty plea to two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 3rd degree in Dorchester County and was sentenced to six years in prison. On June 15, 2017, Investigator Kevin Atkins with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office conducted a proactive investigation into the use of a file sharing site for the distribution and possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). Inv. Atkins found one user requesting suspected CSAM files. Further investigation revealed that this user was located in…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 17, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Timothy James Walker, Sr., 66, of Anderson, SC, on four charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this arrest.   Investigators state Walker solicited a minor for sex, distributed and possessed files of child sexual abuse material and encouraged a minor to engage…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 17, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Randy Michael Faulkner, 62, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on six charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the S.C. 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 Faulkner. Investigators state Faulkner distributed files of child sexual…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 16, 2020 – Attorney General Alan Wilson has secured an agreement to obtain $8.6 million in debt relief for approximately 1,000 former ITT Tech students in South Carolina as part of a settlement with 48 attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of about $330 million for 35,000 borrowers who have outstanding principal balances. The settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the for-profit college and affiliated with Deutsche Bank entities. ITT filed bankruptcy in 2016 amid investigations by state attorneys general and…

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RECENT NEWS

  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 11, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Russell Dean Stokes, 52, of Taylors, S.C., on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the S.C. 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 Stokes. Investigators state Stokes distributed files of child sexual abuse…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 11, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Vicente Montes Higuera, 54, of Gaston, S.C., on four 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 arrest. Investigators with the S.C. 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 Higuera. Investigators state Higuera distributed files of child sexual abuse…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 10, 2020 –  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Jaron Rashaunn Butler, 22, of Greenville, SC, on three charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Butler engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a minor, as well as encouraged a minor to produce and send files of child sexual abuse material*.   Butler was arrested on September 8, 2020.  He is charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 8, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Trent Cornell Bewley, 26, of Greenville, S.C., on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the S.C. 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 Bewley. Investigators state Bewley distributed files of child sexual abuse…

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