ANDERSON – A judged denied bond Friday for a man in Anderson County who is accused of sex acts with minors at his home and church.
Joseph Harold Patterson, 57 of Anderson has been charged with 17 separate offenses including five counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, four counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor by the S.C. Attorney General. He is also charged with three counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor 12 years or younger.
Patterson is facing a maximum total of 190 years in prison for all of the charges. Warrants show that Patterson carried out the alleged crimes at two different locations in Anderson County, one at a home on Ridgecrest Ave. in the County and another at a home on Holly Ridge Dr. in the city.
The warrants also show that Patterson allegedly gave children alcohol, while also showing the minors pornography and encouraging them to engage in sexual acts.
The parents of several of patterson’s alleged victims attended the Friday morning bond hearing in Anderson and asked the judge to deny bail. Patterson does not have an appointed attorney.
Anyone with information about potential illegal activity with Patterson should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Boulevard Baptist Church the following statement on it’s Facebook page concerning Patterson’s arrest:
“We are deeply saddened at the news of the arrest of one of our church members. The allegations are very serious and disturbing. The incidents that took place are deeply disconcerting. Boulevard Baptist Church, its staff and members, are fully cooperating with the authorities in the pursuit of justice. We immediately filed a “No Trespass Notice” with the individual involved. Our first priority is the well-being of our families and to provide the support and resources they need in the coming days. We urge prayers for all involved during this ongoing legal process and beyond.”
Some reporting by Krystyne Brown