Mr. Mize has been charged under the new state law which is provided below. He is currently in the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing at a time to be set by the court. The name of the victim has been withheld in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws Section 16-3-730.
Section 16-3-655 (C):
(C) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree if the actor is over fourteen years of age and the actor willfully and lewdly commits or attempts to commit a lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body, or its parts, of a child under sixteen years of age, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of the actor or the child. However, a person may not be convicted of a violation of the provisions of this subsection if the person is eighteen years of age or less when the person engages in consensual lewd or lascivious conduct with another person who is at least fourteen years of age.