New York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson has been charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly harassing and sexually assaulting a minor.
Tlson said in a statement that the five arrests were made after the unrelated group was charged in April.
Two of the suspects are from North Carolina, and one is from neighboring Charlotte, showing arrest and detention records. Records show that the other three are from neighboring Lancaster County, both from South Carolina.
“This sends a strong message to any child hunter, ‘If you hunt our children, you will be saved.’
According to The Herald’s arrest warrant, the suspects used social media apps for sexual purposes with people believed to be minors. The suspects searched for victims until they were 12 years old, orders show.
Arrest warrants stated that some of the charges involved illegal images posted on the Internet by the suspect or suspect.
Following are the following:
- Matthew Ray Bolik, 53, of Charlotte, was charged with felony criminal mischief.
- Larry Donnell Rogers, 67, of Greenville, S.C., has been charged with felony criminal mischief and first-degree sexual assault.
- Heath Springs has charged 61-year-old Jeffrey Dennis with rape, first-degree sexual exploitation, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile delinquency.
- Heckrey, NC, 48, Carl Lee Taylor Jr., has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile delinquency.
- Caleb Israel Strip, 20, of Lancaster County, India, has been charged with first-degree sexual exploitation, juvenile delinquency, and distribution of obscene material to minors.
The third set in two years
This is the third time in two years that York has been involved in a series of cyber-attacks involving children. In November 2019, representatives reported that 10 people had been charged with child sexual harassment online. The next series of arrests was in April 2021.
Tolson said the office will continue to coordinate with federal and South Carolina police on child sexual abuse.
New York County representatives have worked with UR, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster and other counties including the FBI, Homeland Security Investigators, SLED and other South Carolina police agencies, officials said. The investigation is similar to that of the ACC prosecutor’s general cybercrime in South Carolina and the rest of the country, which has targeted Internet child predators through child labor, according to Deputy and Homeland Security officials.