GIANT TOY DONATION TO ANDERSON INTERFAITH MINISTRIES

December 7, 2011
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(Anderson, SC). Toys of all sizes, from dolls and video games to bicycles, were presented to Anderson Interfaith Ministries by Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams and her staff today. AIM will distribute the toys, with an approximate value of $5,000, to children served through their annual Christmas program. Toy collections will continue until December 20th through Solicitor Adams’ office.

“These toys were collected by the diversion programs administered by my office for distribution to those less fortunate during the holiday season,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Donations from the non-violent offenders participating in the different diversion programs operated by my office are allowed to be made in lieu of a portion of community service. Giving back to the community in this way encourages these participants to recognize their involvement in making their community a better place.”

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SEX OFFENDER SENTENED TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON

November 10, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC). Thirty-five year old Eric Anderson pled guilty today in Oconee General Sessions Court to multiple sex offenses involving children under the age of 15. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Anderson to 30 years on each (2 counts) Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor (concurrent) charge and 5 years on Lewd Act on a Minor (consecutive). He must get inpatient treatment while incarcerated, outpatient treatment when released and have no contact with children under 18 and no internet access. He will also be on electronic monitoring for life. 

Between October of 2009 and December of 2010, Anderson engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with 2 young boys, aged 14 and 15. Both boys provided written statements to law enforcement. The defendant provided a written confession to law enforcement. Anderson, a registered sex offender, was previously convicted of lewd act on a child in 1997. 

“Mr. Anderson’s actions against his victims were reprehensible and he presents a clear threat to the children of our community,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Today’s guilty plea and the sentence handed down by Judge McIntosh will remove Mr. Anderson from our community and hopefully allow the victims to begin the recovery process knowing their abuser is behind bars.” 

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SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON

October 20, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC). Sixty-four year old John R. Roach was convicted today in Oconee County General Sessions Court of Lewd Act on a Minor and Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree with a Minor. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Roach to 15 years suspended to 24 months for the Lewd Act and 20 years suspended to 24 months in prison for the Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree with a Minor charge. Five years probation will follow the prison sentence. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, placed on the Central Registry of Child Abuse, placed in the DNA database, and will be required to be on GPS monitoring for life following his incarceration. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family. 

On January 24, 2010, the defendant committed a sexual act on a 13-year old female who was residing at the same home as the defendant at the time. A member of the victim’s family later reported the incident to law enforcement. The case was investigated by the Walhalla Police Department who obtained a written confession from Roach. 

COUCH RECEIVES 15 YEARS

Date: October 19, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC) Michael Lamar Couch was convicted by an Oconee County jury today of...

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