SLED: Former Florence County deputy received, sent obscene pictures on Snapchat to minors

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 3:32 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 1:02 PM EDT
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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Florence County deputy was arrested on Wednesday by state law enforcement following a child exploitation investigation.

Jonathon Bessenger, 24, faces three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Major Mike Nunn, the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said that Sheriff TJ Joye requested that the State Law Enforcement Division investigate the case after receiving credible information on Tuesday that one of his deputies was breaking the law.

Warrants show that in July 2020 and December 2021, Bessenger used the Snapchat social media app to take part in a group “chat” where he received and distributed obscene photographs and videos.

The documents state that Bessenger received obscene videos of minor children engaged in sexual activity.

Bessenger was first hired by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 and fired on Tuesday.

He has been released from jail on a $15,000 bond.

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