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For some time now, we’ve had information and documents that indicate an ongoing FBI investigation of R.C. Soles, the state’s longest serving senator. Wednesday, a Tabor City newspaper published interviews with both Sen. Soles and one source about that investigation. In fact, there’s much more to this story that we’ve been investigating now for the past year, and today we feel compelled to tell you what we know. Seventeen-year-old Allen Strickland has been in the news for weeks, ever since his new house in Tabor City caught fire in an apparent arson. On July 1, a few weeks before that fire, Allen and a few of his friends, all clients of State Sen. R.C. Soles, sat down with WWAY’s Ann McAdams to discuss problems they were having with the Senator. They told Ann about being called to testify before the FBI, about possible misconduct on the part of the Senator. Ann asked Allen what they testified about. “About molestation, about prostitution,” Strickland said. "I went to Raleigh and went before the grand jury and they questioned me for about six-and-a-half hours,” said Jackie Jordan, one of Soles’s clients. This wasn’t the first time we’d heard stories like this. A year ago, another one of Sen. Soles’s clients named Stacey Scott talked to us about his testimony before the FBI. His recollection of the line of questioning was very similar. “The FBI is investigating him, as far as I know, for embezzlement, arson, child molestation,” Scott said. "He (Soles) did try to molest me when I was 15 years old, and I have not told the feds that. He tried to grab by my genitalia and I backed off and I said, ‘You know my dad would kill you.’ He said, ‘Please don’t tell nobody,’ and he gave me a thousand dollars." Shortly after Scott testified for the grand jury, he says he was picked up by two private investigators for Soles, who spent hours asking him questions. "’Has R.C. Soles ever molested you?’ ‘Has he ever paid you to do certain things like burn down Dewey Hill’s grocery store and everything,’ which is what I was questioned about in federal court,” Scott said. Unlike Strickland, Scott said he’d lost his copy of his federal subpoena. We have not aired that interview until now in fairness to the Senator, but in light of recent developments, and the Senator’s consistent refusal to talk to NewsChannel 3 about these troubling allegations, and most recently, him accusing us of tabloid journalism, we’re now moving forward and telling you exactly why we’ve been so anxious to talk to him for so long. Although we’ve seen two different federal subpoenas, where the people being served told us they were asked to testify about Soles, the FBI would not confirm or deny that an investigation is going on. In addition to the documents we’ve seen, we have much more first-hand testimony that we’ve been reluctant to air without first talking to the Senator, but he’s made it impossible for us to do our job the way we’d prefer. Again Wednesday, the Senator refused our request to talk to him. We will continue to reach out to him for comment.

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  • watchyoursix

    Because he’s a Senator. How thick headed can you be? Because of mentally & morally lazy people like you our govt. offcials are running a very sloppy ship.

  • nana

    We are talking about children. How can you say Who cares? Don’t people go to jail every day for statutory rape, molestation? Is it bull? If so then let’s let people out of jail.

  • WilmingtonMAJ

    I am so sick of hearing about this story. Who cares if the man is paying these guys. They obviously have had no complaint taking money, homes & cars from him so I see it as a moot point. For them to come out now and say oh he molested me is bull. Move on!

  • SurfCityTom

    likely held back because she could not prove anything. I saw her performance on the news when she confronted the Senator in Burgaw at a Breakfast. She was a disgrace; and I noted so on this blog. If she had something on him, she should have offered it to the DA and gone before the Grand Jury which she alluded to in her “comments”.

    You’ve got to be able to prove what you say. In her case, she very clearly stated “I’ve heard you’re subject to a Grand Jury investigation”. Note “Heard”. Bottom line — she presented rumor and innuendo and came across as a candidate who had nothing else to offer — no thoughts on how she could better represent the District.

    The Republican Party made that election “a gimme” for the Senator when that was the best they could offer up.

  • SurfCityTom

    have to wait for a subpeona to testify before a grand jury.

    If there is a grand jury taking testimony, anyone of these countless folks who have “first hand” knowledge of Senator Soles’ actions could volunteer to step forward and provide corroborating information. But they need to remember, speculation is not considered. Innuendo and local, community gossip are not admissable.

    I wonder if any of these Tabor City residents, with all of this local knowledge, have the backbone to step forward and volunteer? See your local District Attorney — he can put you in touch with the proper contact to give sworn testimony.

    Again, I am not an RC Soles supporter.

    I close by challenging the Republican Party to find and support a qualified candidate who will focus on how they can better serve the community than one who will focus on rumor and innuendo.

  • Guessy

    You are so right, my wise friend. However, I believe one reason hometown people will not step forward is that one of his m/o’s is muzzling them through legal favors like keeping their brats out of prison or employed. Hopfully, wway will keep an eagle eye as we get to know these fine families better. Ask for specific examples of how he has “helped” the people.
    Another reason for their silence may be the love they have for the senator’s kind parents. Mr. and Mrs. Soles have been genuinely good citizens and endured much regarding their son’s reputation.
    I believe the republican party has offered some good candidates. The races have been very close, then something fishy happens at the midnight hour to ensure the senator maintains his seat. I have often wondered why Betty seemed to hold back what she knew just before the election when it appeared she was ready to pull out all the stops.
    Thank you for your comments. You’re a great patriot.

  • guesty

    There must be some bright lights in that room for 2 of the 3 to be wearing sunglasses. Or is it a weak attempt to hide?

  • Tired Of It Citizen

    We appreciate your good work. Thanks!!!

  • GuestInTabor

    Great story…keep peeling away and see what you find…surprisingly, another local station aired a story on RC at ten tonight, but their spin was different…seems they don’t have the info you do…keep at it…


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