Two Upstate South Carolina residents – including a former 9-1-1 dispatcher/ reserve deputy with the Cherokee County, S.C. sheriff’s office – have been arrested on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Brandon Mullinax, 25, of Gaffney, S.C. was arrested and charged with ten different alleged offenses – four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of promoting the prostitution of a minor, one count of participating in the prostitution of a minor and one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor.
Mullinax was arrested after a lengthy S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigation initiated at the request of Steve Mueller, sheriff of Cherokee County.
Prior to February of this year, Mullinax worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and a reserve deputy in Cherokee County.
In a development we’re told is related to the case, Blacksburg, S.C. resident Alex McAbee, 23, was arrested and charged with four offenses – two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of promoting the prostitution of a minor and one count of participating in the prostitution of a minor.
Warrants issued for the arrest of Mullinax and McAbee reference Facebook messages allegedly sent and received last September involving “a minor, under age of 18, appearing in a state of sexually explicit nudity.”
The warrants also reference an incident that allegedly occurred last October in which Mullinax “did entice, encourage or facilitate a minor … to participate in prostitution” including exchanging Facebook messages with a co-defendant “in reference to engage in sexual activity with the minor and negotiating a price.”
Mullinax and McAbee are also accused in the warrants of paying or agreeing to pay “the minor or the minor’s agent for having participated in prostitution.”
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