• 45°

Suspected molester held in South Carolina

By Jessie Burchette
jburchette@salisburypost.com
A man wanted for 25 felony sex offenses against a child in Rowan County has been arrested in Horry County, S.C.
James Eric Gardner, 34, of Little River, is wanted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office for 24 counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and one count of first- degree sex offense.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in July when a teenage girl receiving mental health services told a social worker she had been molested years ago.
Capt. John Sifford said the incidents occurred between August 1999 and February 2001 when the girl was 5 to 6 years old.
Rowan Sheriff’s Detective Greg Hannold conducted an extensive investigation, including interviewing several family members. As a result of the investigation, he issued issued the warrants.
Sifford said Gardner was living on Long Ferry Road when the incidents occurred.
Hannold determined that Gardner might be living in the Myrtle Beach area in Horry County.
“He notified agencies there to keep an eye out for this guy,” Sifford said Monday.
According to published reports, officers received a tip concerning Gardner’s whereabouts. He was arrested Thursday.
Gardner is being held in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County pending extradition to Rowan.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds