Police: Rock Hill man touched 4 children inappropriately

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Jack Sanders

— A Rock Hill man charged 20 years ago with committing lewd acts with a child is back in jail after deputies say he inappropriately touched neighborhood children within the last three months.

On Aug. 28, a York County woman called deputies to report that her three sons, ages 9, 6 and 3, told her that Jack Sanders Jr., 65, touched their private areas, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The mother told police she allows her children to go to Sanders’ house “all the time” and that he has watched the children at her home on several occasions.

She questioned all three of her sons after one of them told her what happened, the report states. All three reported the same: Sanders touched them as they sat on his lap trying to watch television.

Deputies spoke with all three boys individually. All the boys claimed they were touched on the outside and inside of their clothes, deputies said. The youngest boy told police he was touched while using the bathroom and while sitting in a chair with “Jackie.”

One of the boys said Sanders would become angry and shout profanities if he asked him to stop, the report states.

In another incident, a girl, whose age was not available, told police that Sanders touched her for the first time last month while he was at her house and her parents were outside.

Sanders instructed the children not to say anything, deputies said.

The children were interviewed at Safe Passage in Rock Hill, where they again disclosed details of Sanders’ unwanted touching. Deputies tried to contact Sanders but were unsuccessful. Warrants were issued for his arrest.

On Tuesday, deputies arrested Sanders, charging him with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He remains jailed at the York County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

Criminal records show that Sanders once faced charges for lewd act on a child under 14 and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in 1991, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. The sex charges were dismissed two years later, but he was sentenced to five years in prison for two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

He was released from prison in February 1996 after his sentence expired, said Clark Newsom, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

He was not required to register as a sex offender.

SLED records show that Sanders was convicted in 1978 of driving under the influence. A year later, he pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, grand larceny and pointing a firearm.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was paroled in late 1981, Newsom said.