PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A man who was an after school program employee with the school district in Pickens County was arrested during Greenville County Sheriff’s Office’s largest prostitution sting, Operation Millstone.
According to a letter sent from the principal to parents of children in the Chastain Road Elementary after school program last Wednesday, Thomas Carr was arrested and charged with criminal solicitation of a minor.
Pickens Co. school officials said Carr is no longer employed in the school district.
The following is the letter sent out to parents:
Last week, we were informed by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office that after-care employee, Thomas Carr, had been charged with Criminal Solicitation of a Minor. The information we have received from the GCSO indicates that the charges are NOT related to any of our students. Mr. Carr is no longer employed with our school district.
The safety of our students is our top priority. All of our employees are required to pass a background check and submit to abuse-prevention training before working in our schools. If you have any questions concerning Mr. Carr or the safety procedures in place at our school, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.
School officials told us the letter was sent out to parents the day before the sheriff’s office announced the prostitution sting.
According to an affidavit, Carr was charged with two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor – first-degree and attempted unlawful to disseminate obscene material to person under 18 years of age.
In the affidavits, Carr reportedly engaged in a conversation with a person he believed to be a minor and tried to encourage the person to engage in sexual acts with him.
Carr also reportedly sent obscene photos of himself to a person he believed to be a minor and encouraged the person he was talking with to send nude images to him, according to the affidavit.