Lexington County men arrested on child sexual abuse material* charges
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Greg Daniel Lancelot, Jr., age 23, of Cayce, Patrick Michael Kaminer, 33, of West Columbia, William E. McConnell, 35, of Cayce, and Marc D. Romanelli, 50, of Lexington, on 14 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff's Office made the arrests in 4 unrelated cases. Investigators with the Attorney General's Office, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Cayce Department of Public Safety, all also members of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with these investigations.
Investigators received separate CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Lancelot, McConnell and Romanelli. Investigators state all 4 men distributed files of child sexual abuse material.
Each of these men was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, 2nd degree, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.
Lancelot was arrested on Nov. 17 and charged with 2 counts.
Kaminer was arrested on Nov. 24 and charged with 2 counts.
McConnell and Romanelli were both arrested on Nov. 30 and each charged with 5 counts.
This case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.
* Child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, is a more accurate reflection of the material involved in these heinous and abusive crimes. "Pornography" can imply the child was a consenting participant. Globally, the term child pornography is being replaced by CSAM for this reason.