Berkeley County Solicitor's Office of South Carolina: Prosecute an admitted sex offender.
  • Petitioned Scarlett Wilson
  • Responded

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Berkeley County Solicitor of South Carolina
Scarlett Wilson
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Ninth Circuit Solicitors Office
Helen Milling Carrol

Berkeley County Solicitor's Office of South Carolina: Prosecute an admitted sex offender.

    1. Theresa Oliver
    2. Petition by

      Theresa Oliver

      North Charleston, SC

The average sex offender creates between 100-500 victims in their lifetime, depending on which set of statistics you believe. Berkeley County of South Carolina has a  sex offender in custody who was originally charged with criminal sexual conduct (rape) in the first degree where the victim was an 8 year old girl and is in second grade. In addition, he was also charged with criminal sexual conduct (rape) in the second degree of a 12 year old boy.

This sex offender forcibly held down these children as he performed sexual acts against them. He has confessed to these crimes, not only to law enforcement, but to the judge. In spite of this, the Berkeley County's office has decided to lower the charges in both cases to prevent this rapist from being listed on the sex offenders registry. The reasoning behind this is that the rapist is 15 years of age. The judge in the case asked in court if the parents of the victims had agreed to the lesser charges. The Berkeley County Solicitor told the judge they had, but in fact the parents of both the victims were in court and they had not agreed to any lesser charges.  

By lowering the charges, the Berkeley County Solicitor is not representing the interests of the victims, nor the other children in the community. Something must be done. Please help send a message to the Berkeley County Solicitor by signing this petition and tell them to prosecute this offender for what he actually did and include him on the sex offender registry, as he belongs there. The public has a right to know who lives next door to them. The victims have a right to pursue justice, which is currently being denied them.  Please, do not let these little ones down by allowing the system to deny what happened to them.  

To:
Scarlett Wilson, Berkeley County Solicitor of South Carolina
Helen Milling Carrol, Ninth Circuit Solicitors Office
Prosecute an admitted sex offender.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Decision-maker Scarlett Wilson responds:

      Scarlett Wilson

      I applaud your interest in our criminal justice system. Without a doubt, an involved community is a safer community. I have taken your concerns seriously and have researched this case and obtained a transcript of the hearing that is ref...


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    • D R CHICAGO, IL
      • 7 months ago

      This is outrageous. Put him in jail for life!

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    • hope ward SUMMERVILLE, SC
      • 12 months ago

      i think its wrong!

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    • CARLA L DAMON SUMMERVILLE, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      THIS HAS CHANGED THE LIFE OF A YOUNG INNOCENT CHILD THAT KNEW NOTHING AND NOW HAS A WARPED SENSE OF WHAT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN IS LIKE. THE OFFENDER IS SO BOLD THAT HE HAS FREELY ADMITTED WHAT HE HAS DONE. HE NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS. MAYBE IT WILL MAKE HIM THINK BEFORE HE POISONS ANOTHER INNOCENT CHILD.

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    • Scarlett Wilson CHARLESTON, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      I applaud your interest in our criminal justice system. Without a doubt, an involved community is a safer community. I have taken your concerns seriously and have researched this case and obtained a transcript of the hearing that is referenced in the petitioner’s narrative. I am limited as to what I can reveal since all of the parties involved are juveniles. I will attempt, however, to address your concerns.

      Before addressing this case specifically, I want you to understand that the juvenile justice system is vastly different than the adult criminal justice system. The legislature’s concept for designing the juvenile court system was to insulate the accused minor child. The idea was that each child coming into court jurisdiction should receive the care, guidance, and control that will be conducive to his welfare and to the best interest of the state. After a child has been “adjudicated delinquent” (vs. found guilty in adult court) a family court judge is required to determine what sentence is most appropriate for the child, taking into consideration the child’s best interest and the protection of the community. Regardless of the statutory penalty that a crime carries, a juvenile delinquent cannot be sentenced beyond his twenty-first birthday. Whether we agree with it or not, this is the law as dictated by the General Assembly in Columbia.

      While the petitioner is correct that the charges in this case were reduced, the reasoning presented is wrong. For a juvenile, the reduced charge carries the same potential for incarceration that the original charge carries—both offenses are “capped” by the juvenile’s twenty first birthday. While we are bound to consider the factors above in our prosecutions, our main concern is the welfare of our victims and our community. In this case, in order to proceed on the originally charged offense, the 8 year old girl would have been forced to testify and would have faced intense cross-examination. Our view, which was discussed with the child’s parents, is that the child would have been further harmed upon being subjected to the rigors of cross-examination. As for the sex offender registry, while it is not mandatory as a result of the juvenile’s admission of guilt, it is still an option for the court. Currently, the juvenile is detained for evaluation which will include a sex offender assessment at the Coastal Evaluation Center. Upon completion of the evaluation, the juvenile will have a disposition hearing during which the judge will decide his fate (including whether or not he should have to be on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life).

      The transcript reveals that during the adjudication hearing, the parents of the victims were asked for any input and they voiced no objections. Since learning of the victims’ parents’ complaints, I have met with them and have thoroughly addressed their questions and concerns. I believe they have a better understanding of the value and propriety of our course of action in this matter.

      I hope my response clarifies this terrible situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in this case. Under the circumstances outlined above and the reported facts of this case, the Assistant Solicitor prosecuting this case made the right decisions. Thank you again for your interest and your involvement.

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    • Deniece Castillo HANAHAN, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      This 15 year old was old enough to know what he was doing was wrong. If he's going to commit adult acts of crime, he should be punished as an adult!

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