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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Teenager on Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charge

Bradley Jaden Neely

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------An investigation into the posting of nude pictures of a minor on social media has led investigators to charge a Westminster man with two counts of Criminal Exploitation of a Minor – 2nd Degree.

18 year old Bradley Jadon Neely was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:30pm last Friday. Neely has also been charged with one count of Harassment – 2nd Degree.

An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office began on September 20th when a family member of the victim filed a report. The investigation was then turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Based upon evidence that was gathered during the investigation, and according to arrest warrants, it was determined that Neely had distributed material that contained a visual representation of minor engaged in sexual activity. Neely is also accused of reaching out to the victim, via a text message, which caused the victim to suffer mental distress.

At this time, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation, and in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and that of the victim, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will not release any information that could in any way identify the victim.

Neely was given an $11,000 surety bond on the Sheriff's Office charges. He will also be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

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