For more than a year we've been following the controversy surrounding State Senator R.C. Soles and his clients. Another man has come forward, accusing Senator Soles of sexual molestation. We're calling the man "Jay" as he's asked for anonymity. In our interview, he raised allegations of sexual molestation dating back some 30 years when he was 13 years old. He made those same allegations in an interview published by the Carolina Journal today. Since speaking with us, Jay has also talked to the State Bureau of Investigation. The SBI was already looking into similar allegations regarding Senator Soles made by former client Stacey Scott. Doctor Michael Plaut is a psychologist specializing in professional-client relationships and sexual exploitation, and former president of the Society of Sex Therapy and Research. Doctor Plaut has seen both our interview and that of the Carolina Journal. He says the two accounts are consistent and credible. After watching our interview, Doctor Plaut contacted the Columbus County Department of Social Services to inform them of a possible sex crime involving a minor. DSS referred the case to the SBI. We have called Senator Soles and his attorney Joe Cheshire for a response to the allegations in our interview. We had a detailed discussion with Mr. Cheshire late this afternoon, in which he said he believed the allegations against Senator Soles are unfounded.
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