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5 Men were Arrested This Week in Aiken County for Unrelated Sex Crimes


At least five men have been arrested in Aiken County for unrelated sex crimes in the last week. Some involved children.

Here are the details.

  • James Michael Black, 40, of Beech Island, was arrested Wednesday on charges that he solicited a person he believed to be a minor for sex and sent a sexually explicit image to someone be believed to be a minor. He was charged with solicitation of a minor and attempted disseminating obscene material to a person under 18.
  • Thomas J. Niles Hall, 26, of Leesville, was captured in Aiken on Thursday for allegations as part of a child predator operation led by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, accused of communicating with someone he thought was 14 and arranging to meet them for sex.
  • Raquin Walker, 25, of Main Drive, Aiken, was charged Thursday with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He is accused of engaging in sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl last year on more than one occasion.
  • Douglas Herring, 55, of Barrett Street, Harlem, Ga., was charged Wednesday with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, an arrest made by North Augusta Department of Public Safety. The crime allegedly occurred in North Augusta.
  • Patrick Anthony Daddario Sr., 61, of Forrest Hill Drive South West, Aiken, was charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim, who was under 16 years old at the time of the incident, told officers that Daddario sexually assaulted her July 1 while she was staying with the suspect.

In Black’s case, the suspect was made with the assistance of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators, in conjunction with the Cayce Department of Public Safety made the arrest.  Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.

Black faces 20 years in prison if convicted. His case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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