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James Hancock

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A 42-year-old man is accused of sending a juvenile obscene messages over social media, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

“This individual knew the victim was underage, and yet sent this material anyway,” Ravenell said. “It took a while to charge him, but our warrant didn’t go away.”

James Hancock is charged with one count of disseminating obscene material to a person under 18 years of age.

Bond was set on the Lexington County man at $15,000 during a hearing on Thursday. Hancock was also ordered to have no contact with the juvenile.

An Orangeburg County family notified the sheriff’s office in 2017 that a subject familiar with the family had sent their juvenile daughter a “friend request” on social media.

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Once that request was granted, the subject allegedly sent a photo of a male in underclothing only, taken from the waist down with emphasis on his midsection.

When the 14-year-old informed her parents of the photo, investigators began looking for Hancock.

The Lexington County man bounced from one address to another as investigators attempted to track him down, the sheriff’s office said. At one point, he was said to be in Florida.

During Thursday’s hearing, Hancock gave the court a Batesburg address as his present residence.

He was finally located on Wednesday.

If he’s convicted, Hancock can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

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