FORT MILL, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A former Cornelius Police officer is facing numerous charges related to sexual conduct with a minor at his Fort Mill home, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said Erickson Douglas Lee, 25, was taken into custody in Charlotte due to charges out of York County but was later released on a fugitive bond.
Lee then turned himself in to York County detectives on Tuesday, authorities said.
The officer is charged with dissemination of obscene material to a person under the age of 18, first-degree assault and battery, and second-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Authorities said the alleged incidents happened in Lee’s home in Fort Mill. The affidavit reveals further details regarding the nature of the alleged crimes.
According to the written statement, confirmed by oath or affirmation, around July 22, 2022, at Lee’s home in Fort Mill, the suspect, who was reportedly the 17-year-old victim’s adult youth leader, “willfully was playing pornographic video” at his home in the presence of the teen.
The affidavit states that on this same date, July 22, 2022, Lee “violated a SC Code of Law. The defendant, the 17-year-old victim’s adult youth leader, injured the victim through nonconsensual touching. The defendant took the intoxicated victim’s hand and caused the victim to masturbate himself on the defendant’s bare skin of his penis, with lewd and lascivious intent.”
The affidavit revealed that between December 2020 and June 2022, “Lee did commit Criminal Sexual Conduct was a minor in the third degree. The defendant willfully committed a lewd and lascivious act upon and with the body, and its parts, of a child under 16 years old age, with the intent to arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the actor and the child. These acts occurred in excess of 30 times during approximately 1.5 years.”
The York County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible.
Following Lee’s arrest, Cornelius Police released the following statement:
“The Cornelius Police Department holds our officers to the highest professional standards both on and off duty. Any officer who does not conform to these standards will be held accountable when they fail to meet those standards.”
Officials told Queen City News Erickson Lee resigned from the police department last Friday. An internal investigation was being launched in light of the arrest, the department said.