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Woman accuses man of inappropriately touching her as a minor

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Woman accuses man of inappropriately touching her as a minor. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 28, 2018) Woman accuses man of inappropriately touching her as a minor. (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 28, 2018)
MARIETTA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Dogwood Terrace Stables in Marietta used to be one of Katie Humphries's favorite places.

"I rode since I was eight - I still ride today," Humphries said.

She first fell in love with horses at the stables during a trip with her church group. Through the years, she spent many summers there and she says other children did too.

"(There were) kids from like group homes, or special needs; autistic," Humphries said.

However, she says she knew things didn't seem quite right.  

"He's really good at making you feel like you can't tell anyone," she said.

Humphries accused an instructor, Daniel Pierce, of repeatedly touching her inappropriately. 

"This guy, who's like your dad and he says that it's OK for him to do this to you. You don't think, you don't question it," Humphries said. "I was just done with it."

Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office got involved.

"Information was brought forth to the investigators on December 29 of 2017 involving a student at Dogwood Terrace Stables who experienced Mr. Pierce inappropriately touching her," Sgt. Ryan Flood said.

He's a spokesman with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

"During the course of the investigation they found that there was an additional victim who was also victimized - similar circumstances," Flood said. "He's charged with three counts of lewd act of a minor under the age of 16 and assault and battery second degree."

Humphries says it's not easy, but she's glad she told someone. 

"The more that you hold it back, the more that you try and hide it, the worse it gets," she said.

FOX Carolina called Dogwood Terrace Stables in an effort to reach Pierce, but did not get an answer. 

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