Salley man pleads guilty to sex crimes

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AIKEN -- A Salley man pleaded guilty in an Aiken County courtroom today to sex crimes, and was sentenced to a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Dale Tony Cooper, who was 73 at the time of his arrest in 2007, pleaded guilty to three counts of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, said Brenda Brisbin, an assistant Aiken County solicitor. Mr. Cooper was sentenced to 10 years on each count, with each sentence to run concurrently, Ms. Brisbin said.

The charges Mr. Cooper pleaded to involved two female victims, and the incidents reportedly occurred at Mr. Cooper’s house between 1974 to 1985, Ms. Brisbin said. As part of Mr. Cooper’s sentence he also must register as a sex offender and remain on GPS monitoring for the rest of his life.

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Wrrdgrdparent 07/22/09 - 07:30 pm
Seems a lot of Aiken Cty

Seems a lot of Aiken Cty former and current residents take advantage of children. A former resident, a preacher/teacher now in NC, charged just last week with 7 counts of indent liberaties of young females in Wilmington, NC. Could this have started in NA and continued where he is today. What is wrong with these men (and women), I am sure there are a lot in other states, but seems Aiken Cty has more than its share of former residents and current sickness. They need to be off street, not out on GPS monitors; they need to own up, set their families free and do the time for the crime, and it is a crime to take a childs innocence, they are scarred for life.

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