RCSD: 30yo arrested for sex with 13yo he threw from car during chase facing additional charges

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — A Georgia man who deputies arrested on July 7 for accusations of having sex with a 13-year-old and throwing her from a car during a chase after deputies tried to approach the pair in a vacant lot in Richland County will be facing additional charges.

Derek Jerome Nelson previously faced charges of criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, sexual exploitation of a minor, solicitation to commit a felony, dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18 and failure to stop for blue lights.

Nelson will be facing more charges of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, for making and possessing a video of his 13-year-old victim.

According to a news release, on July 7 shortly before 3 a.m., a Richland County deputy spotted a vehicle parked at a vacant business in the 4700 block of Alpine Road. When the deputy approached the vehicle and turned on his lights, he saw two people in the back seat. He then saw a man climb into the driver’s seat. The car took off and the deputy chased after it.

RCSD says at least twice during the chase, the suspect vehicle braked hard and drove off the road. The deputy saw what he thought were parts of the vehicle flying in the air during the stops. After coming to a stop, the driver, later identified as , approached the deputy wearing only a t-shirt. He was instructed several times to return to his car.

Deputies say Nelson told them he was “hooking up” with a girl he met on the internet. He said he got scared when the deputy approached his vehicle, and that’s why he fled. Nelson also said that the girl had jumped out of the vehicle during one of the stops.

Deputies though, searched the area where Nelson said the girl had jumped from the vehicle and they found her with injuries to her hands, arms and legs. When approached by one of the deputies, she said she was “thrown from the car” by her boyfriend. She was taken to the hospital.

RCSD says its investigation revealed that Nelson had traveled from Augusta, Ga., to meet someone he said he met on an online dating site. At the hospital, investigators learned that the person Nelson was with was actually 13 years old. The teen referred to Nelson as her 30-year-old boyfriend.

Nelson told investigators that he thought the girl was 18 years old. However, in a message he sent to the teen, he wrote, “You are my 13 year old doll.”

Nelson is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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