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Westminster man charged with having sex with a minor

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WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 35-year-old Westminster man on Feb. 9 on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Casey D. Gaines of 107 John Smith Road was charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor with the victim being 11 to 14 years of age and two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor with the victim being under 16 years old.


According to investigators, Gaines is accused of having sexual intercourse with a then 12 year old female from September 2010 through November 2010.


Gaines is also accused, according to warrants, of engaging in sex with a then 14 year old in May 2012. Finally, investigators charged Gaines with engaging in sex with a 15 year old minor in August 2013.


The final two allegations involve a girl who Gaines was in a “familial, custodial, and/or authority position to coerce the victim.”


The charges listed in the warrants involve only one female victim. All the incidents occurred in Westminster.


Gaines also had an outstanding bench warrant from August of 2011 for driving under suspension.


The total surety bond amount on the three charges was $60,000.

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