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Crime Report - Jan. 8, 2014

Men face charges in separate sex-related incidents

Posted: January 7, 2014 4:35 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Christopher D. Yates

Two men, one from Camden, the other living near the town of Kershaw, are in jail on charges in separate sex-related cases.

The first case involves a Camden man charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in November who is now back in jail on a charge of unlawfully disseminating obscene materials to persons under 18 years of age.

According to a KCSO press release, Christopher D. Yates, 39, turned himself in at KCSO headquarters Monday after being notified of the arrest warrant. In November, investigators arrested Yates following allegations that he inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl on several occasions. At the time of that arrest, the investigator on the case began handling the looking into the second allegation by a different young girl that he had sent her an obscene photo of himself.

The investigator ascertained that the accusation was true and obtained the new arrest warrant. In this case, the victim is a 13-year-old girl to whom Yates had sent a photo of himself to her cellphone.

A bond hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

In the second case, Kenneth Leroy Parker, 65, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11.

In November, a Kershaw County elementary school teacher giving a class on safety to include instruction on “good touch, bad touch,” contacted the school’s resource officer (SRO) because a 7-year-old girl confided that a relative’s boyfriend had sexually assaulted her on three occasions. The SRO took the initial report and passed it on to an investigator.

During the course of the investigation, the child underwent a forensic interview during which she detailed the three occasions when Parker allegedly sexually assaulted her. She also received a medical examination. The investigator then obtained an arrest warrant charging Parker with first degree criminal sexual conduct.

Tuesday, two investigators went to Parker’s residence and arrested him. According to the KCSO, Parker has previous arrests for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery with intent to kill, public disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, criminal domestic violence, simple assault, night hunting for deer and open container.

Although further investigation into Parker’s activities is taking place, Sheriff Jim Matthews said investigators thought it was prudent to take Parker into custody in order to get him away from the alleged victim as soon as possible.

“This is a particularly disturbing case, the details of which are too offensive to be released to the public,” Matthews said in a press release. “Parker is a danger to the community and hopefully the bond that is set on him will reflect that. Thankfully, the Kershaw County School District includes this ‘good touch, bad touch’ class in their curriculum or this activity could have gone on for who knows how long.”

In other KCSO news, investigators cited employees at two convenience stores -- one in Elgin; the other in Camden -- after they allegedly sold beer to underage buyers on Jan. 2.

KCSO investigators and three undercover minors, acting under the investigators’ direction, conducted alcohol compliance checks on 28 stores in Kershaw County that night. Of those, two were cited after clerks sold beer to the minors. In neither instance did the clerk ask the purchaser for identification, according to the KCSO. Investigators issued citations to each clerk for unlawful sale of beer to a minor, with a fine of $672.50. The KCSO will also request that the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division file administrative citations against the beer license of the two offending stores.

During the Jan. 2 operation, KCSO investigators also conducted separate tobacco compliance checks on the same establishments. Investigators issued no citations as all of the stores required that the underage purchaser provide identification, which clearly showed that they were not of age to purchase tobacco products.

“In each of these cases, the minor attempting to make the purchase cannot misrepresent their age to the store clerk,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a press release. “They must provide the store employee with legitimate identification that will indicate their true age. Many stores are now using electronic age verification devices and when used, those establishments do not get cited.

“We will continue to monitor any store in Kershaw County that has a beer and wine license to insure that they do not sell alcohol or tobacco products to minors. Responsible parents appreciate this commitment.”

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 31 - Jan. 5:

Someone stole a pickup truck worth $10,000 from a Lugoff business on Jan. 3. A KCSO report said employees found a chain on the business’ front gate cut when they arrived that morning and that the truck was gone. The truck is described as a maroon Ford F-350 Super Cab diesel with S.C. tag P390496. The next day, the owner of a 2008 Ford F-150 XLT reported their truck was stolen from their Lugoff home. The victim told deputies he woke up at 7:20 a.m. to find the truck gone. He said the truck was in his driveway as late as 3:30 that morning.

Someone stole five guns, a video game system and two games, and a jar with $500 worth of change from a Bunker Hill Road home. The report listed the total value of the stolen items at $3,000.

Someone stole four gold rings, two of which included diamonds from a Camden home. A KCSO report listed the jewelry worth $3,000.

Someone stole an outboard motor worth $2,700 from a boat being kept in the yard of a Camden home.

Deputies arrested a Cassatt man on charges of criminal domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted his wife during an argument about their dogs. A records check revealed the man had two prior convictions for criminal domestic violence and another charge pending.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served warrants and dealt with 11 DUI; eight drug possession; six assault; three burglary, criminal domestic violence and vehicle thefts; and one open container violation.


The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Bishopville man Jan. 3 on various drug and other charges.

According to a CPD report, officers saw the man exiting a Camden store, recognized him and knew he had an outstanding KCSO warrant. When they went to speak to the man, he allegedly lied about his identity and tried to resist being arrested.

After successfully detaining the man, officers found a crushed juice box containing two clear bags containing a white, rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine in his pocket. Officers charged him with trafficking crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 31 - Jan. 5:

Officers responded to a call of a fight at a Hasty Road apartment complex where they were told a pistol had been presented and pointed. The report said several people, including juveniles were involved in an argument that wound up inside an apartment and escalated into a physical fight. The report said the occupant of the apartment told everyone to leave and when they didn’t comply, she allegedly retrieved an unloaded pistol and waved it in the air to convince the group to disband. The woman claimed she did not point the weapon in anyone’s direction.

Officers arrested a Camden woman after she allegedly stabbed her common-law husband in the arm Jan. 4. The victim reportedly told police the woman had stabbed him with a pocketknife inside a Market Street home and fled on foot. As police investigated, the suspect returned with what officers reported appeared to be blood on her clothing. At a hospital emergency room, the victim said he and the woman had been drinking and argued before the woman stabbed him. He also said they had lived together approximately six years.

Someone stole the license plate from a Cassatt man’s minivan while he was a North Broad Street store.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and handled three trespassing; two driving under suspension, larceny, public disorderly conduct and shoplifting; and one DUI, traffic accident and vandalism.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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