A California man has been arrested for having sex with a South Carolina minor he contacted online, officials say.
Charles Henry Ross, 28, of San Diego, was arrested last week on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement released Monday.
Investigators say Ross began chatting online with a boy living in Lexington County several months ago. Ross then traveled to South Carolina to engage in sexual conduct with the boy, Wilson said.
When the boy’s mother discovered Ross in her son’s bedroom on Friday, Ross fled the home on foot. He was later found and arrested by officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s office.
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The sheriff’s office is a member of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Ross was charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, and two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and Sex Offender Registry status. Additional charges may be forthcoming, Wilson said.
Bond was set at $275,000 and Ross must remain in the state. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.