Depending upon your charges, if you are convicted, you face stiff prison sentences and may be required to register as a sex offender However, being arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor does not mean that you are guilty or that you do not have a defense.
According to South Carolina Law Section 16-15-342 “Solicitation” involves contacting or communicating with a person who is under the age of 18, or believed by the perpetrator to be under the age of 18, for the purposes of sexual activity or violent crime, including rape or sexual assault.
Your case may require the use of expert psychologists or other medical personal to refute the state's allegations and to look out for instances of unreliable testimony.
The uncertainty arose as the state transitioned to new tracking software this year.
In addition to misleading information, the state inadvertently published juvenile sex offender information online for nearly two weeks when the new system was rolled out.
How is someone supposed to know which information is correct? They’re going to see the one red flag, and they’re going to freak. These are kids like myself who grew up and are literally afraid of what our abusers can do because we know what they did do.”The State Law Enforcement Division defended the accuracy of the new system, blaming discrepancies on sex offenders who failed to properly register with law enforcement.
SLED Chief Mark Keel said the inconsistencies could be found in any state.“It’s only as good as what information gets put in it,” Keel said.