The students at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC likely felt secure saw University Charles Eugene Price in his uniform patrolling the campus. However, they feel that way now after the announcement of his arrest a slew of charges the repeated abuse and sexual torture of multiple children.“I think it’s really scary especially because those are the are be protecting us and helping us,” said student Nikki Delissio.
Scary indeed. the South Carolina Division (SLED), the alleged child predator officer was arrested on October 16. He was initially charged with just two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with Minor under 11 years first-degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct first-degree. However, after further investigation, that has since changed.
SLED has since tacked on dozens of more charges investigation continues and hit Price with 49 additional charges the investigation. facing are as follows.
9 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with Minor under 11 years first-degree
13 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with Minor victim 11 to 14 years second-degree
8 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct third-degree
1 count of Kidnapping
And 18 other charges, bringing number of charges to 52.
Upon news of his arrest, the university immediately fired him and issued .
“Upon being notified of the open criminal investigation and the seriousness of the allegations, the was immediately relieved of his badge, credentials, and duty weapon,” a university spokesperson said statement. “Subsequently, the was placed on suspension without pay and escorted off Winthrop University property.”
The department moving his certification suspended and withdrawn.
According to SLED, stem from crimes committed as far back as 2007. warrants, victims told investigators that Price had sexually abused them several times, including assaults he handcuffed, beat, or strangled them.
Price was known at the university as “Chuck” to and staff who were reportedly horrified learned of the news. He’s been a since 2004.
NEW: Here statement from Winthrop University. Price was suspended in late September when the department learned he was being investigated. investigation found that none of the alleged criminal acts happened on campus. He was fired the day he was arrested. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/BvBHSkVAyQ
— Chloe Leshner (@ChloeLeshner) October 27, 2020
University officials were quick to distance themselves from Price and noted that none of the criminal incidents happened on their property or when the officer was on duty working for the university.
“At , neither WUPD’s Internal Affairs investigation nor SLED’s criminal investigation, has uncovered any evidence that these criminal incidents occurred on Winthrop University property or as police officer’s official duty as an officer,” the university spokesperson said statement.
They also that upon hearing of the SLED’s investigation, they conducted their own investigation and did nothing the officer.
“WUPD and Winthrop University want to assure that upon being initially notified of , swift action was undertaken the continued safety and protection of the campus community,” a Winthrop University spokesperson said statement.
Currently, Price is being held Lancaster county jail and has been denied bail nature of his crimes. unknown when due back in court.