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Upstate Racecar Driver Faces Additional Sex Charges

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An Upstate racecar driver has been charged with a third sex offense involving a child victim after a second individual came forward saying Carnes touched them inappropriately.

Investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office say Ralph Thomas Carnes, 54, was charged earlier this month with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Committing a Lewd Act on a Child Under Sixteen. 

After those initial charges a second accuser came forward. The alleged molestation happened in the late 1980s.

It didn't surprise Captain Garland Major with the Anderson County Sheriff's office that another victim has now come forward. Major also says there's likely more victims out there. They hope anyone who may be connected to this case or a witness will contact the Sheriff's Office.

"We can't help anyone if we don't know," Major says, "We want to help everyone that we can help and we will."

A warrant states the first accuser involved in both charges was under the age of 11 when the offense took place between April 2007 and April 2008.

The latest charge, another Committing a Lewd Act on a Child Under Sixteen, came after another victim came forward saying Carnes touched them inappropriately between 1987 and 1990.  The victim was between eight and 7-years-old at the time, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Carnes is being held without bond at the Anderson County Detention Center.  The investigation continues.  Authorities say they have not ruled out the possibility of additional charges.

You can reach the Anderson County Sheriff's Office at (864)260-4400.

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