Ten Arrested Across South Carolina as Part of Multistate Child Exploitation Crackdown

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – March 16, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of the following ten individuals on charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors as part of a multistate crackdown among nine Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces across the Southeast.

 

Anthony Carmichael (age 30), of Marion, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment on each count.  

 

Edwin Alan Giacin (age 35), of Little River, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with ten 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 one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment. 

 

Matthew Dalton (age 29), of Columbia, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with ten 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.

 

Howard Knapp (age 32), of Columbia, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with three 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.

 

Luis Daniel Colon Yera (age 26), of Greer, S.C., was arrested on March 14, 2018 by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

 

Kenneth O’Shaughnessy (age 47), of Simpsonville, S.C., was arrested on March 15, 2018 by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

 

Donald Keith McCall (age 53), of Simpsonville, S.C., was arrested on March 15, 2018 by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree (§16-15-395), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment; one count of criminal solicitation of a minor (§16-15-342), a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment; and one count of attempted dissemination of obscene material to a person under age eighteen (§16-15-345), a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.

 

Kenneth Vitali (age 51), of Hopkins, S.C., was arrested on March 15, 2018 by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

 

Ariel Elayda Acierto (age 21), of Ladson, S.C., was arrested on March 15, 2018 by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment on each count. 

 

Andrew Steiskal (age 22), of Juneau County, WI, was arrested on March 15, 2018 by the Juneau County (WI) Sheriff’s Office, with additional charges filed by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.  He is charged in S.C. with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree (§16-15-395), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment; and nineteen 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.

 

This multiagency collaborative effort across S.C. was coordinated by ICAC investigators with the Attorney General’s Office.  ICAC investigators working with the Cayce Department of Public Safety and Sheriff’s Offices located in Charleston County, Greenville County, Horry County, Marion County, and Richland County participated in this statewide investigative effort.   ICAC investigators with the Lexington County and Sumter County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the Charleston, Greer and Simpsonville Police Departments and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted with these cases. 

 

All ten cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.  

 

Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

 

You can read the multistate news release here.

 

You can read the list of agencies involved and contacts here.

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