Beaufort News

Bluffton man charged with sexual exploitation of minor

A 57-year-old Bluffton man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after Bluffton Police searched his Hidden Lakes home Wednesday and found explicit photos of minors on his computer, according to department spokesman Capt. Bryan Norberg.

Jeremy Bennett Williams was awaiting a bond hearing Wednesday at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log.

Police searched Williams' Lakeside Drive home at about 11 a.m. and found the images, Norberg said. Investigators do not yet know if the photos contain images of any local children, he said.

The investigation began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip about Williams. The tip was investigated by the S.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Bluffton police, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Norberg said the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, the task force and Bluffton police are working "as quickly as possible" to investigate the images and identify the victims.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Bluffton Police Department at 843-706-4550.

Teens arrested after Hilton Head car break-ins

Two male teens were arrested Tuesday after they tried to flee the scene of several vehicle break-ins on a moped, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

At about 11:30 p.m., a resident of Hilton Head Island's Victoria Square neighborhood called 911 to report two men breaking into his car. The resident confronted the two, and they rode away on a moped, according to the release. A deputy stopped them moments later on Marshland Road.

The pair -- ages 17 and 18 and residents of Hilton Head and Bluffton, respectively -- were charged with simple possession of marijuana after deputies found a small amount of marijuana in their pockets. Charges of breaking into a motor vehicle and theft are pending, the release said.

The two allegedly stole cash and small electronics from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood. Deputies recovered the items from the teens and are working to identify the stolen property, the release said.

The Sheriff's Office urges citizens to protect valuables by securing them and keeping vehicles locked.

Anyone with information about the incident or those who have not yet reported stolen items are asked to call Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3413 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

The following reports were released Wednesday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:

BLUFFTON

VANDALISM

  • Oak Forest and Bamberg drives, The Crescent: Five-foot aluminum pole of community entry gate broken. Damage: $500.
  • BURTON

    THEFT

  • Cleveland Drive: Gun worth $400 and electronics worth $1,050 stolen.
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND

    BREAK-IN

  • Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Brewing Co.: Office supplies worth $200 and $500 in cash stolen. Damage to window of business: $400.
  • VEHICLE BREAK-IN

  • Jonesville Road: Electronics worth $200, checkbook. Damage to lock: $100.
  • HUNTING ISLAND

    CAR BREAK-IN

  • Sea Island Parkway: $300 in cash and other goods worth $350 stolen. Damage: $500.
  • ST. HELENA ISLAND

    THEFT

  • West Cedar Road, White Shrimp Company: Household goods worth $1,020 stolen.
  • Compiled by staff writers Cassie Foss and Patrick Donohue

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