William Christopher Spivey (image courtesy Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The state Attorney General's office announced the arrest of 35 year old William Christopher Spivey of Lexington on charges of Criminal Solicitation of A Minor, and Attempted Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor under 12.
This case highlights the importance that parents monitor their children's online activity, retain all their passwords, and regularly log on to see what sort of activity and communications children are engaged in.
The RCSD release states that Spivey used a fictitious name on Facebook, calling himself "Chris Stephens," and between July and August of this year sent sexually explicit messages and an obscene image of himself to a 13 year old girl.
The victim's mother says she discovered the messages when she logged on to the girl's Facebook account. The mother then notified deputies of the messages.
Spivey was arrested on five counts of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor, a felony offense that carries up to a 10 year sentence on each count. Additionally Spivey was charged with Attempted Dissemination of Obscene Material to A Minor 12 or Younger, punishable with up to a 15 year jail sentence.
Officers continue to investigate Spivey, and urge anyone that may have been victimized by Spivey immediately contact:
The Richland County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Unit at (803) 576-3115.