IP address used to set up fake Sheriff profile traced to Oates home

A fictitious dating website profile for Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and an equally phony online username bearing the initials and photo of his wife, Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner of the Bluffton Police Department, have both been traced to the home where Preston Oates is living while out on bond for manslaughter charges.

A Sheriff's Office investigation showed the IP address used to create a Match.com profile claiming to be Tanner and to post online comments with the pseudonym "A.M.T" on The Island Packet website came from a home outside of Beaufort County where Oates lives with his father, Paul Oates, as part of the condition of his bond. The same investigation, which relied heavily on subpoenas, also showed that Preston Oates' phone records indicate he has violated the terms of his bond.

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