Crime & Courts

Man accused of sex acts on toddler arrested in Columbia, deputies say

A 49-year-old man accused of performing sex acts on a toddler was arrested in Columbia Tuesday, according to a statement from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department.

Roger Dale Lupo, who was wanted in Florence County on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, is accused of the lewd acts on a child 3 years of age over the span of nearly three years, according to the statement.

Lupo is accused of performing sexual acts on the toddler between August 2015 to July 2018.

He was found in Columbia and arrested with the help of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, according to the statement. He was taken back to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office to await a bond hearing.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.