UNION — A Buffalo man is facing charges after three people accused him of sexually abusing them when they were children in the early 1980s.
In a press conference this afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced the arrest of James Craig McMillian, 62, 1249 Linersville Road, Buffalo, on two counts of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 and one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14.
Taylor said McMillian, who was arrested that morning, is charged in connection with multiple incidents involving three victims that occurred between 1981 and 1986. He said at the time of the incidents the victims were children ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old. Taylor said the case was brought to the attention of his office on Feb. 23 by Victims Advocate Michelle Shugart who he said advised him that one of the victims had revealed to her what had happened to him. He said he and Shugart went to the victim’s home that same afternoon and asked him if he would come to the Sheriff’s Office to meet with them. Taylor said when the victim arrived at the Sheriff’s Office he was “physically and emotionally shaken” about what he was disclosing.
“During the interview, he revealed sexual abuse from 1981-1986 by James Craig McMillian,” Taylor said. “During that interview, we were able to identify more potential victims. During the investigations we were able to make contact with the two other known victims and both admitted that they had been sexually abused by McMillian during the same time frame of 1981-1986.”
As for why this case was just now being reported 35 years later, Taylor said “this is mainly because one of the victims reached out for assistance with getting counseling as a result of this incident.” Taylor said it was during the course of that effort that the victim revealed to Shugart what had happened and she in turn contacted him.
Taylor said that the investigation is continuing and there may be more victims and he urged those victims to come forward.
“We fear that there are other victims that have not been revealed to us yet,” Taylor said. “This was not an isolated event and that happened over at least a six-year period. Therefore, we feel there is a potential for more victims. We ask that if there are other victims, that they please come forward and begin to bring closure to this horrible event.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.