Wednesday, June 22, 2011


GCSO: Church Worker Charged With New Child Sex Crimes

Deputies: Second Arrest Involves Long-Term Facebook Solicitation

POSTED: 5:23 pm EDT June 21, 2011
UPDATED: 11:14 am EDT June 22, 2011

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Stephen Wakefield
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -- An Upstate man who has held positions working with young people at a church and at the YMCA has been charged with sex crimes involving minors for the second time this year.
Greenville County deputies charged Stephen Lyle Wakefield, 25, with criminal solicitation of a minor and disseminating obscene material to a minor.
Previously, Anderson County deputies charged Wakefield in April with sexual solicitation of a minor after investigators said Wakefield sent naked photos to a 13-year-old girl between November 2010 and February 2011.
When he was first arrested, deputies said that Wakefield, who goes by Lyle, was a youth leader at Truth Missionary Baptist Church and that he met the victim there. According to investigators, at that time, Wakefield was also involved with the after-school program at a YMCA in Greenville.
Some members of the church have said that Wakefield was attended the church but was not a youth leader, but law enforcement has not confirmed that.
According to new warrants released Tuesday, Wakefield communicated with a 14-year-old girl through Facebook from last December until a week ago.
The warrants say Wakefield told the victim how to masturbate, and explicitly told the girl other sex acts he would perform on her.
Deputies said Wakefield also sent the girl a picture of his penis.
Wakefield was given a $10,000 bond for the obscenity charge, and a $15,000 bond for the solicitation charge. Wakefield posted bail on Monday and was released from the Greenville County Detention Center.

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