Columbia Man Facing Child Sex Crimes

A 34 year old Columbia man is facing child sex crimes after being arrested by Columbia Police yesterday (Tuesday).

The department reports that James Patterson befriended a victim through a hula hoop club, and apparently took as many as 800 photographs of her in a hotel room.

The victim is said to be 16 when the photos were taken sometime in January last year.

Patterson was arrested on suspicion of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child, and statutory rape.

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