Deputies: Tip leads to man arrested, charged with sex crime against minor

Published: May. 19, 2023 at 9:56 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2023 at 4:12 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - An Horry County man has been charged with a sex crime involving a minor after deputies said they got a tip

Records show 64-year-old Richard Andretta, of Loris, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Tuesday. He’s charged with five counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office said Andretta’s arrest came after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about alleged criminal activity on WhatsApp.

Andretta remains jailed as of Friday morning on a $50,000 bond.

The case will be prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

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