Richland County, SC (WLTX) -- Deputies arrested a man they say used pictures of nude high school students to blackmail the students into providing him with sexual favors, and they are searching for his victims.
Investigators with the Richland County Sheriff's Department arrested 19-year-old Robert Gilchrist and charged him with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and kidnapping.
Sheriff Leon Lott believes Gilchrist victimized several females, and he is urging them to each come forward.
On Tuesday, at about 1 p.m. deputies responded to a call that Gilchrist had threatened a young woman over the phone, then went to her home. When deputies arrived, they say Gilchrist pulled out a gun, took the girl behind the house and attempted to sexually assault her.
Investigators say the victim was able to get away, and Gilchrist ran away. Deputies were able to catch Gilchrist in the back yard, and transport him to the Richland County jail, where he is currently detained.
If you are a victim, you are urged to call the Richland County Sheriff's Department at 803.576.3000.