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On October 16, 2013
Conway, South Carolina– Shane Watson, a former high school teacher with the Horry County School District, pled guilty today, Tuesday October 15, 2013, before the Honorable Edward B. Cottingham to two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Third Degree and one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Judge Cottingham sentenced Watson to ten years on each Sexual Exploitation charge and three years on the Contributing to the Delinquency charge. These sentences will run concurrently with each other. Additionally, once released from incarceration, Watson will be required to register as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his natural life.
These charges stem from late 2012 when Watson, at that time still a teacher with Horry County Schools, posed as a teenage girl on both the internet and in text messages. Watson used this false identity to communicate with, and solicit sexually explicit photos from, several thirteen to fourteen year-old boys. Watson was apprehended by law enforcement when the parents of one of the teenage boys became suspicious of text messages being sent to his son. An investigation led by Fifteenth Circuit Criminal Investigator Ginger Pop discovered that Watson was the source of these text messages. A subsequent search of Watson’s phone and computer uncovered several images known to be child pornography.
For more information, please contact Assistant Solicitor Martin Spratlin at (843) 915-5460.
Conway, South Carolina-Last Tuesday, October 8, 2013,
before the Honorable Steven H. John in Horry County General Sessions Court, a
jury found Defendant Zachary Braxton Bullock (20 years of age) guilty of First
Degree Burglary. The State was
represented by Fifteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitor, J. Stephen Grooms.
Bullock committed this offense with
two accomplices on January 12, 2012 in the Forestbrook section of Horry
County. While one accomplice waited
outside in the getaway car, Bullock and another accomplice forcibly entered the
victim’s residence without the owner’s consent and stole several valuable
personal items, including a .45 caliber pistol.
Thereafter, the perpetrators returned to the car they arrived in and did
flee the scene.
On January 17, 2012 all three
defendants were arrested together and charged with Burglary 2nd
degree of a residence in Carolina Forest. During this incident neighbors were
able to call in a description of the vehicle and the defendants were taken into
custody by HCPD as they fled the area.
Through police investigation led
by Detective Scott Bogart and the testimony of two cooperating co-defendants,
police did charge Bullock with numerous other burglaries in Horry County since
December 2011. According to testimony by
the codefendants Bullock not only led the commission of these crimes, but he
also selected the homes that he and his accomplices were going to steal from.
Several of these residences involved victims with some connection to Bullock’s
Detective Bogart’s investigation
led police to charge Bullock with two counts of First Degree Burglary, two
counts of Second Degree Burglary, three counts of Breaking and Entering a House
with the Intent to Steal (Housebreaking), one count of Grand Larceny (value of
stolen items greater than $2,000.00 but less than $10,000.00), one count of
Possession of Tools Capable of Being Used in a Crime, and one count of Breach
of Trust with Fraudulent Intent (value greater than $2,000.00 but less than
$10,000.00). Only one count of Burglary
in the First Degree was called to trial.
Following his conviction last
Tuesday, Bullock was sentenced to 15 years.
First Degree Burglary is a “violent” and “most serious” offense. That means Bullock must be incarcerated for
85% of his sentence before he has any possibility of parole or release. Additionally, if Bullock is ever convicted of
another “most serious” offense, the State may seek, after appropriate notice, a
sentence of life without the option of parole.
For more information, please
contact Assistant Solicitor Grooms
at (843) 915-5460.
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