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CONSERVATIVE RADIO HOST ACCUSED OF MOLESTING THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY

By FITSNEWS || Joshua “Josh” Kimbrell – an Upstate Christian radio host and emerging leader in the South Carolina social conservative movement – was arrested by police in Greenville, S.C. on charges that he molested a three-year-old boy.

Kimbrell bills himself on his website as “South Carolina’s Fresh Voice for Freedom.”  His radio show – “Common Cents” – airs at 5:00 p.m. weekdays on Christian Talk 660AM/ 92.9 FM.

Now he finds himself facing a first degree criminal sexual misconduct complaint after he was accused of fondling and committing other sex acts with the three-year-old boy under the guise of a game.

Kimbrell, who is divorced, has a three-year-old son.

News of Kimbrell’s arrest – which took place on Tuesday – was first reported by WYFF TV 4 (NBC – Greenville, S.C.).  He is currently being held without bond, according to the station.

HALEY AND KIMBRELL

HALEY AND KIMBRELL

Kimbrell is one of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s staunchest supporters – as well as a close ally of former SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly.  In fact he’s repeatedly touted her ethics reform legislation (apparently failing to read the fine print).  He also recently hosted a forum on the rule of law featuring U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney.

Kimbrell also reportedly had designs on holding political office himself – and is connected to the social conservatives who recently took over the Greenville (S.C.) Republican Party from a group of limited government fiscal conservatives.

“He was a rising conservative star in the Upstate,” one of our well-connected sources said.

In fact Kimbrell spoke prior to an event held for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – who visited Greenville on a recent Palmetto State swing.

Kimbrell’s supporters rallied to his defense on social media.

“No one is exempt from satanic attack. No one,” wrote supporter Wanda Rabena. “Praying the angels are sent swiftly to help you overcome this dark episode in your life.”

Others moved quickly to blame the allegations on his ex-wife, who they say abandoned him and the couple’s infant child three years ago.

Obviously we will continue to follow the story as it unfolds …