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A 52-year-old Cope man is facing two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division charged William Hoyt Jameson of Hoyt Court on Sept. 19.

Arrest warrants allege Jameson inappropriately touched a female under age 16 sometime between 2002 and 2003.

He allegedly inappropriately touched a different female under age 16 this past June.

SLED investigated the case at the request of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a letter written to SLED by sheriff’s office Capt. Gerald Carter, Jameson is a former Orangeburg County deputy and is also related by marriage to a current sheriff’s office investigator.

“This request is to eliminate any perceived conflict of interest if my office were to investigate this allegation,” the letter states.

If Jameson is convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine.

He’s been released on $30,000 bond. Conditions of Jameson’s bond stipulate that he must appear in court as required, get the court’s permission to leave the state and not have any direct or indirect contact with the victims or their families.

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