GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTER FIRED AFTER DEPUTIES CHARGE HIM WITH MULTIPLE CHILD SEX CRIMES, OFFICIALS CONFIRM
March 19, 2020
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said they have arrested a 44 year-old man for multiple child sex offenses.
Deputies said James Matthew Fortner, II faces the following charges:
- Four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 1st degree
- Six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 2nd degree
- Three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor 3rd degree
Deputies said they began investigating on March 15 and found evidence that Fortner committed multiple sex acts, including sexual battery on the victim, during an eight-year time period.
“Investigators executed a search warrant which yielded a variety of electronic devices that corroborated the victim’s story and Fortner was arrested yesterday afternoon following a meeting with investigators at the county square offices,” Lt. Ryan Flood stated in a news release Thursday.
A city spokesperson confirmed Fortner was employed by the City of Greenville Fire Department between August 18, 1997 and March 18, 2020. He was terminated following his arrest.
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