The case involving R.C. Soles is being handed over to the State Bureau of Investigation. Thursday, the Tabor City police chief said that as a result of our story last night, they have turned over all of their files involving the Senator and his often contentious dealings with young clients to the SBI. Tabor City Police say they've responded to dozens of calls involving State Senator Soles, but allegations of sexual misconduct we aired last night were the first claims they've heard against the Senator. Stacey Scott told WWAY, “He did try to molest me when I was 15-years-old and I have not told the feds that. He tried to grab my genitalia and I backed off. I said, ‘You know my dad would kill you.' He said, ‘Well please don't tell anyone,’ and he gave me a thousand dollars.” These accusations, from an interview conducted a year ago, prompted the State Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Soles. Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless says due to the severity of the allegations and the Senator's ties to Tabor City, the SBI and District Attorney Rex Gore are better suited to conduct the investigation. “We will respond to all calls concerning the Senator, that he makes, or any that his clients make. We will assist the SBI, we will assist the District Attorney in any endeavor they have that they need our assistance,” Dowless said. Several young clients of Soles say they've received money from the Senator and have testified as part of a federal investigation into the Senator's conduct, but they've never reported problems to Tabor City police. Despite responding to dozens of complaints involving the Senator and his young clients, Dowless says our newscast was the first time any of the young men accused Soles of illegal conduct. “We have talked with them on different occasions and different situations that we've had and they all deny these allegations when they talk to us.” Chief Dowless says several citizens have called the Tabor City Police Department concerned about the allegations regarding the Senator. With Soles long standing as a state senator and a law office and home located in Tabor City, Dowless says just the public allegations have affected the entire community.
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