GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Greenville County man is accused of sexually abusing multiple children who were at a home daycare service run by his relative.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said 25-year-old Lance Curtis Johnson is charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age, two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age, and two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
“We received this information in August when one of the victims courageously came forward with information alleging that Mr. Johnson committed multiple sexual acts against her and at least one other victim between 2013-2018, when they were attending a home daycare service,” said Lieutenant Ryan Flood, Public Information Officer with Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. “The victims were around seven to eight years of age, and it occurred during the course of their adolescence multiple times.”
“We believe there’s multiple kids, but these are the only two that we’ve identified at this time,” Flood said.
Investigators said the crimes happened at a home on Fleetwood Drive in Greenville.
“It’s very graphic sexual acts that he committed against these two young children between this five-year time span,” Flood said. “It’s just extremely disturbing and something that obviously the community needs to know about, in case they too have had interaction with Mr. Johnson.”
The sheriff’s office said the victims were being cared for by a relative who was operating a home daycare while their parents worked.
Flood said that the sheriff’s office doesn’t believe that the relative who was operating the daycare had any knowledge of the alleged crimes.
The sheriff’s office said they are in contact with the Department of Social Services to determine if the daycare was licensed.
Johnson was arrested on September 1 and is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.
Investigators said they are concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
“We really commend the victims who had the courage to come forward and bring this information to us, so that we can bring justice for their case,” Flood said. “We really hope that if there are more victims out there, that by them coming forward, it will encourage them to do the same.”
Deputies asked anyone who may have been a victim to call their office at 864-467-4704 or Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 864-23-CRIME.