South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Taylor Mackincy Schiel, 19, of Blythewood, SC, on six charges connected to the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the United States Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Richland County Sheriff’s Office, all also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety, assisted with this investigation and arrest.
Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Schiel. Investigators state Schiel engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a minor, as well as produced and distributed sexually explicit images of a minor.
Schiel was arrested on August 25, 2021. She is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree (§16-3-655(A)(1)) a felony punishable by a minimum of 25 years on each count; two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree (§16-15-395), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment on each count; and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, second degree (§16-15-405), a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment on each count.
This case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.