Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sex Charges Mean Christmas in Jail For Suspects

It looks like these two suspects will be spending Christmas in the Aiken County Jail after their arrest this week on felony sex crime offenses.

The cases are not related, but they are each accused of sex-related crimes.

Justin Livingston, 19 (top), was arrested by North Augusta authorities on Wednesday and charged with unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18, a felony.

It's a charge that South Carolina has deemed against morality and decency. According to the statute, "an individual 18 years of age or older who knowingly disseminates to a person under the age of 18 years material which he knows or reasonably should know to be obscene ... is guilty of a felony."

The offense carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years. Jail officials say Mr. Livingston will have to remain in jail through Christmas and New Year until another General Session bond hearing is held. Until then, he is being held without bond.

In an unrelated case, an Aiken woman originally charged with shoplifting has been booked on five felony sex charges.

Pearline Connelly, 23 (bottom), was charged this week with criminal solicitation of a minor, two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of lewd act on a child under 16. She is also expected to remain in jail through Christmas.

If the charges are true, we know who's getting coal in their stocking.

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