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Surfside Beach man arrested for sexual abuse of a child worked with special needs students

Bradley Dale Wampler (J. Reuben Long Detention Center. WPDE background)

A 28-year-old Surfside Beach man who worked with special needs students has been arrested for criminal sexual conduct, 3rd degree, with a victim under 16 years old.

Bradley Dale Wampler, 28, was arrested on Monday, according to police.

He was charged after the South Carolina Department of Social Services told Surfside Beach police that numerous allegations of criminal sexual conduct had been made against Wampler.

The reported abuse took place between February 2015 and January of 2017, the release said.

Wampler was employed with Horry County Schools as a special education aide, according to district spokeswoman Teal Britton. He was based at St. James High School.

He was hired on September 18, 2015 and was placed on administrative leave on February 24, 2017, Teal said.

Because his employment status is a personnel matter, the reason he was put on administrative leave will not be released.

Wampler was booked into the detention center at 9 p.m. Monday night. He was released from custody at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday on a $15,000 bond.

We've requested the police report for this case, but Surfside Beach police say it cannot be released because it would identify the victim.

Surfside Beach Police Chief Kenny Hofmann said they "believe that releasing this incident report would run the risk of identifying the juvenile Victim and place them in further risk of harm related to this incident."

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