One man is behind bars after the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Investigators took him into custody for child abuse in Cherokee County. The task force arrested the suspect on behalf of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday, July 27th. The man faces a charge of possession of child abuse in Cherokee County for possession of illicit material.
In a press release, the AG’s office said 33-year-old Allen Barber of Gaffney, South Carolina, faces ten counts connected to the sexual exploitation of minors, a third-degree felony. The investigators said they received a CyberTipline report that led them to the suspect. In addition, the investigators found in the man’s possession several files of child abuse material.
Barber faces up to ten years in prison for each of the ten counts if convicted of the offense. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators, who are members of the state’s ICAC task force, also assisted with the investigation. The Attorney General’s office will handle the case, and AG Wilson stressed that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Under South Carolina law, child abuse or neglect happens when a parent or other person responsible for the child’s welfare inflicts or allows to be inflicted on the child a physical or mental injury. It also connotes the commission of a sexual offense against a child.
A person who abuses a child in any way infringes on their human rights and commits an offense. To protect children’s rights, SC laws mandate specific individuals to report any case of child abuse. They include dentists, school teachers, physicians, foster parents, daycare workers, clergy, etc.
Parents sometimes abuse their children, and such factors are important when deciding on child custody cases. Learn about how this can help your custody case from our Greenville family attorneys.