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Florence man charged with sex offenses

May 8, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. — A Florence man was among 82 arrested in a coordinated operation between eight Southeastern states.

James Everette Nesbitt, 42, has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree. Nesbitt was arrested and booked into the Florence County Detention Center on May 1.

A $30,000 surety bond was set in Nesbitt’s case. He was still in jail Tuesday morning.

Operation Southern Impact III was coordinated by 10 task forces in the eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet.

The planning for Operation Southern Impact III began approximately four months ago and culminated in three days of investigative actions including searches, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance verification visits in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The 82 arrestees ranged in age from 20 to 70. Some of their occupations included nonprofit employee, small business owner, store clerk, mechanic, daycare administrator, youth group leader, former high school band director, freelance photographer, construction worker and painter.

Six people of those 82 arrested were from South Carolina. They have been charged with offenses ranging from possession and distribution of child pornography to voyeurism and criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Additional charges may be filed in the cases above pending the results of forensic examinations and all six cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.