Man from Cayce Being Sued for Sexual Misconduct
A student from the College of Charleston is suing a Cayce man for putting a non-consensual sex tape on the internet. She is currently suing him for personal injury charges related to sexual misconduct, rather than criminal charges.
According to court documents, 26-year-old Harold “Tripp” Worthy III invited the unnamed 19-year-old victim to a VIP party at a club in Columbia for New Year’s in 2011. The victim says that she was first contacted by Worthy over social media when she was in high school.
At the party, the victim became intoxicated and went home with Worthy, where they had sexual intercourse.
However, while the sexual act was consensual, the victim did not realize she was being filmed. She did not realize the video had been posted online until of Worthy’s victims contacted her in late September to let her know that a video of the two having sex had been posted to a website.
The video was posted sometime in January, 2012. Worthy promotes a website showing his potentially criminal sexual exploitation of South Carolina women.
Worthy placed a hidden video camera in his room to film himself having sex with this, and other, victims. He then sold the video for profit.
The victim’s personal injury lawyer states that, because of the sexual misconduct, the victim has suffered harm to her right to privacy, mental anguish, suffering, humiliation, damage to her reputation, and mental and emotional distress. The personal injury lawsuit calls both for punitive damages, and removal of the video from the website.
Criminal Sexual Misconduct and Personal Injury in South Carolina
Criminal sexual conduct cases are charged depending on the age of the alleged victim and whether the allegation includes touching or penetration. These cases carry harsh penalties, including up to 30 years in jail and possible registration on the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
A personal injury arises when one person is hurt, disabled, or even killed as a result of the conduct or negligence of another. An injury can be physical, emotional, or a combination of the two.
The Strom Law Firm can help defend against charges of Sexual Misconduct and Personal Injury
If you have been charged with criminal sexual misconduct, or are being sued for personal injury related to sexual misconduct, the experienced attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand how important it is for you to protect your future. One of the most important steps to take after you are investigated for or charged with a crime is to contact an attorney who understands the criminal legal system. The Defense Attorneys at Strom Law Firm have over 30 years of combined experience defending clients in various criminal and civil courts against charges of sexual misconduct. Our Lexington Criminal Defense Attorneys practice in Lexington County Bond Court, Lexington County Magistrates Court, Lexington County Municipal Court, Lexington County Circuit Court, and Lexington County Federal Court. We can handle any criminal charges you may face.
Often people hesitate to contact an attorney, thinking they can work out their charges themselves. Do not make this mistake. It is important that you do not put your rights, freedom, and future at risk by waiting to contact an experienced Defense Attorney, especially when the charge is sexual misconduct. The Strom Law Firm attorneys, together, offer more than 30 years of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury experience, and we will put that experience to work with you. We also have an in-house private detective who will research your case and gather evidence to make sure we give you the strategic, effective defense you deserve when facing charges in Lexington County.
If you have been charged with criminal sexual conduct, or personal injury related to sexual conduct, our experienced attorneys can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so do not hesitate to call. 803.252.4800.