A school employee was arrested after deputies received a link showing a Columbia man allegedly performing a sex act with his dog, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

by Celeste Cannon, Saskia Lindsay, Thomas Lanahan

Kevin Christopher Billups, 34, was arrested after deputies said they received an anonymous tip on Tuesday.

Kevin Christophe Billups (Source: Lexington County Sheriff’s Office)

“We received the first video associated with the dog in the form of an anonymous tip Tuesday morning,” said Sheriff Jay Koon.

“Investigators immediately got a search warrant for Billups’ home and found evidence linking his home with that video. We also found an external hard drive containing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.”

On March 9, detectives found Billups and interviewed him that afternoon, according to Koon.

“Based on information he provided to us during that interview and the evidence collected from his home, we arrested him and transported him to the Lexington County Detention Center,” Koon said. “The dog involved in this case has been relocated and is in the care of an animal rescue organization.”

This is still an active investigation. Our work on this case continues as part of the South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Billups is charged with eight counts of buggery and eight counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to arrest warrants.

According to the South Carolina Code of Laws, buggery is a felony offense punishable by five years in prison or a fine of no less than $500 or both. Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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