Fmr. Laurens coroner candidate accused of showing nude pics to teen

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CLINTON, S.C. (WSPA) – A former candidate for Laurens County Coroner, and the man behind the leaked text messages regarding Sheriff Ricky Chastain, has been arrested.

James Hayes was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after showing nude photos to a 16-year-old girl in a parking lot on August 15th, according to GoLaurens.

They say the incident happened in front of multiple witnesses that were watching a fire at Dempsey’s Pizza.

Hayes turned himself in to the Clinton Department of Public Safety just after noon on Friday.

He is being held at the Johnson Detention Center.

According to GoLaurens, a warrant was signed on Thursday based on facts presented by the Clinton Department of Public Safety to the solicitor’s office.

He is being held on $5,000 bond.

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