Darlington Co. man back in jail, hit with new sex offender charges

HARTSVILLE, SC (WIS) - A Darlington County man is back in jail and charged with 25 new sex offender crimes.

Some of the new charges came after investigators say 36-year-old Timothy Schaefer came into contact with a 13-year-old girl the day after he got out of prison.

Deputies walked Schaefer into court Tuesday to face the 25 new charges hanging over him.

Hartsville police investigators say Schaefer used his Facebook page to start a relationship with a teen. That relationship, according to investigators, turned to stalking, then to personal contact.

"He has got my daughter out of my house, he got her to sneak out with him and he tried to get her to go again," the teen's mother said. "That scares me."

Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd says his investigators knew Schaefer was using Facebook to target the 13-year-old and they knew it a few weeks ago.

Deputies had 17 charges waiting on Schaefer, but Byrd says his deputies sat on their warrants for 17 days to allow Hartsville Police to finish investigating Schaefer. The girl's family says deputies could have stopped Schaefer had they acted.

"I think it's a fair concern and certainly that's a major concern for us, but the well-being of the case overall is what we're looking at," Byrd said. "We're looking and trying to get him put away forever."

The judge set Schaefer's bond at $176,000 and issued a restraining order on him to keep him away from the victim in this case.

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