Deputies: Man charged after sending 14-year-old girl inappropriate messages on Facebook

James Hancock / Source: OCSO

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WOLO) — A Lexington County man was charged with disseminating obscene material to a 14-year-old, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

James Hancock, 42, is charged with one count of disseminating obscene material to a person under 18 years of age.

Hancock bond was set at $15,000 on Thursday.

An Orangeburg County family notified the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 that a subject familiar with the family had sent their juvenile daughter a “friend request” on social media.

Once that request was granted, the subject then sent a photo of a male in underclothing only, taken from the waist down with emphasis on his midsection. When the 14 year old informed her parents of the photo, investigators began looking for Hancock.

The Lexington County man bounced from one address to another as investigators attempted to track him down. At one point, he was said to be in Florida.

During Thursday’s hearing, Hancock gave the court a Batesburg address as his present residence. Hancock was located on Wednesday.

Hancock can be sentenced up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

 

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