SC firefighter worked for 2 years without punishment after child sex crime arrest

Brandon Smith (WSPA)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina firefighter worked for two years before being disciplined after a child sex crime arrest.

Brandon Christopher Smith was arrested by Travelers Rest Police in July 2014 after a 13-year-old said he made sexual advances and touched her inappropriately.

Police found out about the complaint, after a youth group received a letter from the victim detailing the assault. The church then took the note to the Travelers Rest Police Department.

After interviewing the victim and Smith, they decided to charge Smith with assault and battery second-degree.

In February 2015, Smith received another charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, an attempt of a lewd act on a person under the age of 16.

Smith has been employed by the South Greenville Fire Department, and was background checked when he was hired, according to the Chief Ken Taylor.

Taylor said that this arrest happened after the background check, so it would not have showed up.

CBS affiliate WSPA 7 News informed Taylor of the arrest on Tuesday and upon confirmation, some action was taken against Smith.

Taylor cannot discuss the nature of the discipline because of policies.

Smith’s charges are still pending.

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