Aiken Will Now Release Juvenile Crime Records

5:55 AM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
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AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Aiken's city manager says police made a mistake by not releasing any details to the public about crimes involving juveniles.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety initially refused to release information about a possible middle school sexual assault, saying the agency needed confirmation from state officials that releasing any details wouldn't break state law.
But City Manager Richard Pearce told the Aiken Standard that the city realizes it was wrong. State law requires police to keep secret the names of juveniles charged with crimes, but other details are public records.
A local newspaper, The Jail Report, asked the department for information after getting a tip. Published Greg Rickabaugh says the city's initial decision meant the public would never know whether anyone under age 17 committed a crime.

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