Carrol William Clem, 56, of 7590 Lone Oak Road, was charged Tuesday by the Union Public Safety Department with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Chief Sam White said the incident occurred in 1974 at what is now called Creekside Mobile Home Park. The victim, now 47, lives in Cherokee County.
White said an investigation into the case was launched by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office when the victim came forward and said Clem had had sex with her when she was 13 and had fathered her child. Authorities determined the incident had occurred in Union County while both Clem and the victim were living here and Clem was working at Monarch Mill.
According to an arrest warrant signed by Investigator Brian Bailey, Clem engaged in sexual battery with the victim between Aug. 1, 1974 and Oct. 31, 1974.
“We had to hunt him down, which took a while,” White said. “We then made contact with the solicitor’s office to determine what charges should be filed. There is no statute of limitations on this.”
White said the victim apparently had consensual sex with Clem, but this was illegal because of her age.
According to a report, Bailey was contacted on Dec. 18 by a lieutenant with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office who took the original report on the case. In February, the lieutenant reported she had made contact with Clem and instructed him to call Bailey.
Bailey tried unsuccessfully for several months to reach Clem and at one point found Clem’s telephone had been disconnected. He also went to a house in Boiling Springs where Clem had been living and found it vacant. Bailey was finally able to meet with Clem on May 28.
Clem is being held in the Union County Jail. No bond had been set for him Wednesday.
A Union man is accused of cutting another man and firing a shotgun at his car during an altercation Tuesday.
Stephen Lemons, 31, of 2010 Brown’s Creek Church Road was charged Wednesday by the sheriff’s office with assault and battery with intent to kill and assault with intent to kill.
Russell Bradley Clark, 30, of 140 Bert Walker Road was cut on the leg by a razor knife. He was transported to the hospital by Union County EMS. A Spartanburg Regional spokesman said Wednesday Clark had been released from care.
Deputies were called to Lemons’ home around 10 p.m. They were told Clark had gone to a residence on C Vaughan Road. Deputy Scott Coffer went there and found Clark bleeding from his right leg.
Clark told Coffer he had received a text message from Lemons saying he was “nothing but a liar.”
Clark and April Walker, 22, also of 140 Bert Walker Road went to Lemons’ home. Clark said Lemons opened the door and he and Ms. Walker went inside. He said he asked about the message and Lemons jumped on him and cut him with a razor knife. Clark said be began hitting Lemons to try and protect himself.
Ms. Walker said Lemons retrieved a shotgun and fired at the vehicle she and Clark had been traveling in.
Deputies noted a shotgun blast had caused damage to the front windshield and right front headlight of the car.
Lemons told deputies he heard a knock at his door and cracked it open to see who was outside. He said Clark forced his way inside and began hitting him in the head. He said they went to the floor and that is when he pulled the razor knife and cut Clark. He said Clark then went outside to get something to “finish him off.” He said that is when he got the shotgun and fired and fired at the car.
Coffer retrieved a Remington 20 gauge shotgun and a blue Kobalt razor knife from the living room. Lt. Al Black took blood samples from the scene.