South Carolina youth pastor arrested and charged for sex crimes against children

A church youth leader in South Carolina who was arrested and charged last year for child sex crimes has been arrested again after another alleged victim came forward, WSOC-TV reported.

William Pinckney Carpenter III was charged on Monday with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents, the victim said the suspect was missing one of his fingers. Investigators found that Carpenter was missing the thumb of his left hand, and the victim was able to identify him from a photo lineup.

Jail records show Carpenter was booked into custody in York County and was released on $60,000 bond.

Last year, Carpenter was arrested for multiple counts of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and sexual conduct with a minor. He had been released on bonds totaling more than $150,000 while those charges were pending trial.

As WSOC-TV points out, some of Carpenter’s victims were as young as seven-years-old.

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