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St. Helena Island man charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

From staff reports

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) investigators on Friday, Oct. 21 arrested 72-year-old James R. Bishop of Saint Helena Island on charges of first degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and third degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Earlier this month the Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the community alleging that Bishop was involved in illegal activities.

An investigation was initiated and as it progressed, probable cause was developed to search two locations associated with Bishop.

Evidence collected during the investigation and through lawfully executed search warrants lead to warrants being issued for Bishop’s arrest.

Investigators arrested Bishop at his Saint Helena Island home. He is charged with six counts of first degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and six counts of third degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

This is an active investigation. Additional information may be released after the investigation is complete.

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