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SC Legislature Aims to Stop Mugshot Extortion

Anti-Mugshot Extortion Bill Could Head to South Carolina House for a Vote A new form of online extortion, similar to revenge porn websites, has been forcing people to pay money to have their mugshots removed. This so-called mugshot extortion could soon be illegal in South Carolina. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the country, who have been arrested for any number of minor crimes, can have their mugshots stolen from police websites and reposted elsewhere online, regardless of the outcome of the arrest. Even if a person has their … [Read more...]

Columbia Teens Learn About Dating Violence

South Carolina Teenagers Learn About Dating Violence, a Form Of Domestic Abuse The latest studies on dating violence among teenagers shows that 1 out of 10 high school students experiences abuse at the hands of a girlfriend or boyfriend. Dating violence is a prelude to domestic abuse, and now a South Carolina program is teaching the state’s teenagers about dating violence and its severity. South Carolina ranks at the top of the list of US states for numbers of women killed by domestic partners every year. In the last 10 years, more than 300 … [Read more...]

SC Battery Charges: Relationship Abuse Common Among Teens

When a Relationship Leads to SC Battery Charges February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and according to a study in 2013,  more than one-third of teenagers, of both genders, say they have been emotionally, sexually, or physically abused by a partner. According to the study, females were as likely as males to be the aggressors in a teenage domestic abuse situation. Statistically, in the United States, a person is sexually assaulted once every 107 seconds. Of those victims, 44% are under the age of 18. About 22% of women and 15% of … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Domestic Violence Ad Underscores NFL’s CDV Problems

Super Bowl Sunday Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Comes During NFL’s Struggle with CDV and Players The past year has confirmed that criminal domestic violence is a serious problem among National Football League professional players.  Players face intense national scrutiny after a number of reports and videos of players abusing their partners and/or children were leaked. On Super Bowl Sunday, an ad created by No More, an anti-domestic violence campaign, featured a 911 call inspired by a real-life call from a woman in a domestic violence situation, … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Bill Will Move Forward with Gun Restrictions Intact

SC Judiciary Panel Votes to Move Forward with Domestic Violence Bill Including Gun Restrictions After last year’s national report on criminal domestic violence showed that South Carolina still ranked top in the nation for number of women killed in domestic violence situations, the state’s legislators have become serious about strengthening laws to prevent domestic abuse and violence, and more seriously punish criminals who commit such abuse. In the last decade, 300 South Carolina women have died as a result of criminal domestic violence, and … [Read more...]

Teen in Stolen Car Chase Could Face Juvenile Charges

14-Year-Old Faces Juvenile Charges After High-Speed Chase in Stolen Car On Monday morning, January 19th, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 14-year-old in a stolen car on juvenile charges after the teenager led the police on a high-speed chase. Around 7:15 AM on Monday, officers were alerted through a 911 call that someone was driving a classic 1967 Ford Mustang in a reckless manner between Elgin and Lugoff, SC. According to Sheriff James Matthews, there happened to be a Kershaw County deputy nearby, who got behind the car and … [Read more...]

SC Criminal Investigation Leads to Possession, Trafficking, Firearms Charges

3 Men Under Criminal Investigation Arrested for Possession, Trafficking, Firearms Charges for Guns, Drugs, and Cash Complaints from neighbors in Sumter, South Carolina led local police to investigate three suspects. On Thursday, January 15th, Sumter police executed a search warrant and arrested the three men on criminal charges including South Carolina drug possession, trafficking, and illegal firearms possession charges. In total, three were charged with possession with intent to distribute. Authorities reportedly found 2 pounds of … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence Bill Discussed in SC Senate

Domestic Violence Prevention Bill Discussed by SC Senators South Carolina state Senator Larry Martin, R-Pickens, proposed a domestic violence prevention bill that seeks to classify domestic violence offenders in different degrees of severity, similar to assault charges, and would also ban convicted domestic violence abusers from owning guns for a period of time after their conviction. “The idea, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a sensible proposal to eliminate opportunity to continue domestic violence that escalates to death,” Martin … [Read more...]

Ransomware Leaves Victims at Mercy of Child Porn Charges

Ransomware Attacks Smartphones, Downloads Child Porn, Can Lead to Child Porn Criminal Charges According to police, hackers have found a way to break into smartphones and extort the phones’ owners by downloading child pornography and threatening potential child porn charges. The new scam, involving a computer program called Ransomware, which is sent to smartphones along with child pornography – and the phones’ owners are unable to delete the images. After the images have been sent, according to police investigators, a message appears on the … [Read more...]

Woman Downloaded Child Porn to Frame Estranged Husband

Indiana Woman Downloaded Child Porn to Frame Her Estranged Husband, Faces Jail Time On Monday, December 15th, an Indiana woman was sentenced to jail for downloading child porn in order to frame her estranged husband in a bizarre act of vengeance. The woman was sentenced to 6 months to two years for a felony conviction for downloading child pornography. She will also serve two years of probation for unsworn falsification to law enforcement officers. Reportedly, the woman called police when she found child porn images on her home computer in … [Read more...]