Newberry County deputies have arrested a 26-year-old accused of sending nude pictures of himself to a 13-year-old girl and trying to get her to sneak out of her home in order to have sex with him.
Keith Andrea Wise of Prosperity has been charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor and criminal solicitation of a minor, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say Wise contacted the victim through her personal Facebook account and had her engage with him in conversation on KIK.
Wise used the KIK account to send nude pictures of himself and attempted to lure her from her home, Sheriff Lee Foster said. The victim had identified herself as 13 during their conversations.
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The victim reported the pictures and comments to a staff member at her school the next morning, Foster said. None of the conversations between the girl and Wise took place while she was at school.
“There is an absolute pandemic of sexting occurring among children and others in today’s world,” Foster said. “Even in the most conservative studies, 30 percent of teens (some report as high as 40 percent) admit to taking and sending nude pictures of themselves.”
Foster said the Sheriff’s Office works with the School District and many groups throughout Newberry County to present training on the dangers of sexting and cyberbulling.
Wise is being held on a $10,000 bond.