SLED: Deputy had sexual encounters with 15-year-old girl

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - SLED has charged a former Beaufort County sheriff's deputy after he allegedly developed a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

The arrest warrant affidavit states that 39-year-old Jason Andrew Meier, of Bluffton, developed a relationship with the girl over Yahoo Instant Messenger during mid-July.

Authorities say that Meier exchanged "increasingly sexual" text messages that eventually led to personal meetings while Meier was on official duty.

The affidavit states that during those meetings, inappropriate touching occurred.  Meier was terminated from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on July 21.

Meier was arrested Friday morning and charged with unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18 years of age and misconduct in office.  He was booked at the Beaufort County Detention Center. His case will be prosecuted by the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

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