There have been major developments related to the stories we’ve been following connected to State Senator RC Soles. There has been an arrest in arson investigation that sparked a media frenzy over the Senator’s involvement with many of his young male clients.
Senator Soles bought a house for one of those clients, 17-year-old Allen Strickland.
The house was gutted in a suspected arson late last month, and on Thursday, Strickland was arrested for setting his own house on fire. He’s also facing fraud charges for trying to collect insurance proceeds on the house.
Strickland’s bond has been set at $100,000 dollars.
The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has declined our request for a jailhouse interview with Strickland.
The day of the fire, Strickland told WWAY he jumped out of a top story window to escape his burning house.
He said he thought someone was trying to kill him, and has repeatedly denied setting the fire.
In fact, earlier this week, he offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and indictment in the arson investigation.