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UPDATED: South Carolina man met Tennessee teen online, traveled here for sex, sheriff says

Becky Campbell • Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM

A South Carolina man who befriended a 15-year-old Fall Branch girl was arrested last week after traveling here to have sex with the teen, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Monday.

Clayton Charles Boucher, 28, was found hiding inside the teenager’s residence after sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle parked there on June 5.

The call came from the teen’s mother, who apparently returned home around 12:45 p.m. that day and found a vehicle parked in the road in front of the house, according to court documents. When she found a man — later identified as Boucher — hiding in her laundry room, she called 911.

Boucher was at the residence by invitation from the 15-year-old and had apparently seen the girl several times during the week prior to his arrest. Initially, Boucher was arrested on charges of aggravated criminal trespassing, sexual exploitation of a minor, providing obscene material to minors and adult contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Those charges stemmed from officers determining Boucher and the girl had exchanged pornographic photos, including some of the girl that were located on Boucher’s cell phone. After searching Boucher’s vehicle, he was charged in a separate warrant with simple possession of marijuana, blocking a traffic lane, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of vehicle registration.

Court documents indicate Boucher had provided marijuana to the girl, and as the investigation progressed, Boucher also was charged with 22 counts of statutory rape.

The two met on an online dating website, meetme.com. A smart phone app also is available for the site, which advertises as a way to “meet, chat, and have fun with fun new people.”

The teen was able to access the dating site using a cell phone she’d purchased without her mother’s knowledge. She used the wifi at home to get online, according to court records.

The first physical meeting, and sexual encounter, between Boucher and the teen was in late May, investigators said, and the meetings continued until last week. The teen told investigators she had been sneaking out of the house around 1:30 a.m. after everyone else had gone to sleep to meet Boucher nearby. After spending several hours together, Boucher dropped the teen off near her home around 5:30 a.m.

The girl’s younger sister went with her the first time the 15-year-old met Boucher to “ensure the victim’s safety,” Investigator Nicki Salyer said in the warrant.

The younger girl witnessed sexual acts, according to the warrant.

Boucher was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $600,000 bond. He has a hearing set in Washington County General Sessions Court Thursday.

Graybeal said the investigation was continuing with additional charges pending.

Reported earlier:

A South Carolina man accused of traveling to Tennessee after meeting a Washington County 15-year-old girl online was arrested on multiple statutory rape and other related charges last week, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Monday.

Clayton Charles Boucher, 28, was found hiding inside the teenager’s residence after sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle at the victim’s residence June 5.

Graybeal said the investigation showed Boucher and the teen met online and he drove to Washington County in late May. The two had allegedly been meeting for about two weeks to have sex, he said. After interviewing the teenager and “corroborating witnesses,” Boucher was charged with 22 counts of aggravated statutory rape.

When officers searched Boucher’s car, they found a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe. He was charged with adult contributing to the delinquency of a minor, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing obscene material to minors, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated criminal trespass, blocking a lane of traffic and registration violation.

Boucher was held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $600,000 bond. He has a hearing set in Washington County General Sessions Court Thursday.

Graybeal said the investigation was continuing with additional charges pending.

 

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