New details emerge in Arpaio sex abuse case

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Newly released details have emerged from court documents concerning an alleged victim of convicted child molester Michael Arpaio.

Arpaio's accuser claims two years before the alleged abuse, some Citadel employees either saw or became aware that Arpaio preferred a mix of children, alcohol and drugs when they visited the former cadet at his apartment in North Carolina.

The 24-page lawsuit lists the victim as John Doe who now is between the age of 21 and 26.

Read the entire lawsuit here.

According to the suit, there were three incidents involving Arpaio and his accuser. They involved sexual abuse, physical abuse and inappropriate touching. The suit states in one incident the alleged victim sought refuge in the school's infirmary.

In 2003, Arpaio pleaded guilty in military court to several charges, including indecent assault and giving alcohol to minors. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, suspended to 15 months confinement at the Navy brig in Hanahan.

The Bell Legal Group filed the latest lawsuit and represented five other campers who sued the school back in 2003, claiming they had been molested by Arpaio. The Citadel settled those suits for nearly four million dollars.

The school has declined to comment on the latest suit.

"This investigation needs to be about the rights of the campers," Bell said. "Fortunately, South Carolina has laws in place which protect the rights of childhood victims of sexual abuse to seek legal redress once they become adults."

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