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Aug 21st 2019

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 15, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Vince Randall Newton (age 35) of  West Columbia, SC, on one charge 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 Newton.  Investigators state Newton distributed child pornography.  …

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 15, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Grant Nicholas Reeder (age 19) of  Jackson, SC, on 24 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Reeder engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a minor, solicited a minor for sex, produced multiple files of child pornography, distributed child pornography, possessed child pornography, and distributed nude images to a minor.   Reeder was arrested on August 12, 2019.  He is charged with five…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) –  Aug. 15, 2019 – Today, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that he has filed a lawsuit against three major opioid distributors for their part in the opioid crisis. This is the second phase of his deliberate approach to hold additional companies accountable for their role in fueling the epidemic. In his Complaint, the Attorney General alleges Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen violated  the S.C. Unfair Trade Practices Act and created a public nuisance, and seeks injunctive relief and civil penalties. The Attorney General previously filed suit on August 15, 2017 against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma L.P.,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 9, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Tracie Lee Grice, 48, of Tabor City, North Carolina, and Heather Beach Massey, 39, of Dillon, South Carolina, entered pleas of guilty on August 8, 2019 on insurance fraud charges. Grice pleaded guilty to one count of Arson 3rd Degree and one count of Making False Insurance claim to Obtain Benefits for Fire Loss. Massey pleaded guilty to one count of Presenting False Claim for Insurance Payment, value $10,000 or more. The Honorable Paul M. Burch accepted the pleas and sentenced Grice to 5 years…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 8, 2019 – An Upstate man accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence. Robert Keith Morgan, represented by Delane Rosemond, pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Second Degree; one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, First Degree; and one count of Obstruction of Justice, in Oconee County before the Honorable Scott Sprouse. On September 26, 2017 the 14-year-old victim disclosed to Seneca High School staff that family member Robert Keith Morgan had been sexually abusing her. The victim…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) –  Aug. 7, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy provided notice that it has removed not less than one metric ton of plutonium from South Carolina in accordance with the injunction obtained by the State from Federal District Judge Michelle Childs. Congress passed a law requiring that the plutonium be removed from the Savannah River Site by January 1, 2016 if the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Facility’s production objective was not met by January 1, 2014. That objective was not met, and the State of South Carolina sued the Department of Energy in 2016. The District…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Aug. 6, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Terrell Darrel Crawford (age 31) of  Hanahan, SC, on one charge connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Hanahan Police Department 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 Crawford.  Investigators state Crawford engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  – Aug. 6, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Jerry Randall Elrod (age 54) of  Travelers Rest, SC, on 10 charges connected to the 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 this investigation.   Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Elrod. Investigators state Elrod distributed multiple files of child…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – Aug. 2, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued indictments of nine people for their alleged participation in an Upstate drug trafficking conspiracy primarily involving cocaine but also other illegal narcotics. These indictments followed a multi-jurisdictional cooperative effort among a number of agencies in the area. Covering a conspiracy that began in January of 2017, the State Grand Jury returned 3 indictments alleging multiple but connected charges and conspiracies relating to trafficking 400 grams or more of cocaine. The investigation revealed that this organization allegedly…

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