Janice Allen

WALHALLA, SC ( FOX CAROLINA) - The Oconee County Sheriff's Office said after a criminal sexual conduct investigation they have arrested a woman on 219 separate counts involving one minor victim. 

According to the sheriff's office, 37-year-old Janice Allen was booked in the Oconee County Detention Center today after turning herself in at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla on Tuesday afternoon. 

Deputies said Allen has been charged with 17 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor--second degree and 202 counts of disseminating harmful material to a minor. 

The office said they began an investigation on May 19 after a school resource officer received information of reports of sexual offenses. This case was later turned over to the criminal investigations division. 

Deputies said based on the gathered evidence, it was determined that Allen and the victim engaged in sexual relations between Jan. 2020 and May 2021. She also disseminated obscene material to the minor from Feb. 2020 to March 2021 deputies said.

The sheriff's office also mentions that Allen remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $542,000 surety bond. 

Deputies also said they will continue investigating this case. 

The School District of Oconee County released the following statement:

"We are thankful for strong partnerships with local law enforcement that allow for an SRO in each of our schools.  Our SROs are vital to our school communities as they work to make our schools as safe as possible. We appreciate their hard work and willingness to protect and serve the students of Oconee County. Questions about the specific case should be directed to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office."

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