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Lexington County Men Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Material Charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Tyron Demarcus Napleon Wise (age 30), of Lexington, S.C., Drew Carson Alexander (30), of Cayce, S.C., and Hatwell Tyler Keenum (age 36), of Batesburg, S.C., on 11 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests in these unrelated cases. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with these investigations.

Demarcus Napleon Wise, Drew Carson Alexand, Hatwell Tyler Keenum.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to both Alexander and Keenum.  Investigators state Alexander distributed and possessed child sexual abuse material and Keenum distributed files of child sexual abuse material.

Investigators state Wise sent sexually explicit images to a person he believed to be a minor.

Alexander was arrested on July 26, 2022.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment; and six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

Keenum was arrested on July 20, 2022.  He is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.

Wise was arrested on July 26, 2022. He is charged with one count of disseminating obscene material to a person under age eighteen (§16-15-345), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years

All three of these cases will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.