PICKENS COUNTY — The arrests of two men over their involvement with two minor females they met on Facebook shows how the dangers of social media are finding their way into Pickens County.
Alec Grant Holder, 20, of 206 Forest Drive in Liberty, and Joshua Aaron Dale Haney, 21, of 117 24th St. in Easley, were arrested June 26 following a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigation precipitated by one mother’s call to PCSO officials.
According to PCSO officials, the mother of a 14-year-old female reported her daughter and one other minor female had been involved with Holder and Haney dating back to December 2014. Investigators discovered the interaction began through an introduction on Facebook, where the two minor females willingly engaged in conversation with Holder and Haney.
The conversations led to a December 2014 evening when the minors left a residence and met Holder and Haney. They were driven to 206 Forest Drive, Holder’s home, where Holder engaged in sexual activity with one of the minors.
“This is 2015 and it’s a promiscuous environment we live in today and a lot of parents are disengaged with what their children are involved with when it comes to social media and technology,” PCSO Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said. “With technology the way it is, it’s possible parents aren’t sure who their children are talking with, even strangers, which is a dangerous thing and sometimes this is the result.”
While the dangers of children and social media are becoming more prevalent, with Hashe stating this is an increasingly more common problem in other jurisdictions, not just Pickens County, parents must be more diligent.
“Today you see younger and younger kids with unlimited access to social media and the Internet unsupervised and, it depends on the maturity of the child, most parents have no idea what they are looking at or who they are talking with,” Hashe said. “It may be you have strict guidelines in your own home but have no idea what restrictions are in place at a friend’s home or public access, but that just means parents have to be more engaged than ever before. Parents should be using caution.”
Hashe stressed parents should not make assumptions about supervision of minor children where social media and Internet access is concerned.
Holder was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He remains in jail on $23,000 bond. Haney was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bond was set at $3,000.