COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who says former state Sen. R.C. Soles molested him three decades ago is trying to tell his story, but he says law enforcement turned him away.
Toby Faircloth has told his story to WWAY before, but now he wants to file a formal complaint.
Faircloth says he tried to file a formal complaint with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Friday, but was denied the opportunity and was given the run around.
Back in 2009 Faircloth, his face hidden from the camera afraid of the consequences, shared his story with WWAY. He says about 30 years ago when he was growing up in Tabor City, R.C. Soles molested him on more than one occasion when he was 13.
“Socially embarrassed and psychologically scarred,” Faircloth told us in 2009 about what happened to him years earlier. “Coming from an area like Tabor City, well that’s not exactly the kind of thing that you would talk about.”
But now the 49-year-old is not afraid to identify himself and tell his story in the form of a formal complaint. Friday though, Faircloth says he was denied that opportunity from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.
“They tried to palm it off on the Tabor City Police Department,” he said. “Tabor City Police tried to palm it off to the sheriff’s department. They turned around and try to turn it to the district attorney. Really left us frustrated. Told me to go the SBI or Attorney General.”
Faircloth says he has shared his claims before, but had never done it in writing. He thinks a formal complaint would not only give him some sort of documentation, but could also get the SBI’s investigation on Soles moving.
“Maybe even break it loose from what appears to be a stalemate,” Faircloth said.
The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it would have taken down Faircloth’s complaint if he had originally told the office about his claims. Faircloth admits he did first talk to the SBI about Soles in 2009, but he never filed a written complaint.
He feels his recent bump in the road is disheartening. Faircloth says it would mean the world to him if the Soles saga wrapped up soon ending with a prosecution and an admission of guilt.
“The admission itself… that would be worth so much to me,” Faircloth said. “It would take years of torture, thinking about it knowing about… just to hear him or somebody finally say yes he did it. Even if he doesn’t go to jail just the simple fact of hearing it itself would be so much of a personal relief to me.”
Soles and his attorneys have long maintained the former senator’s innocence.
Many of the alleged victims of Soles have been discredited because they have taken money from Soles. Faircloth says his willingness to talk about his encounters with Soles has nothing to due with money, but with what’s right.
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