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Fayetteville car dealer to plead guilty in SC sex case, lawyer says

Mike Lallier, co-owner of Fayetteville's Reed-Lallier Chevrolet car dealership, is scheduled to plead guilty Friday morning in South Carolina in connection with a charge that he molested a 15-year-old Fayetteville boy in 2016, the boy's lawyer said Thursday.

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Paul Woolverton
, The Fayetteville Observer

Lallier is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Darlington County, South Carolina. Before this incident, he was a member and former chairman of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, the public utility that provides electricity, water and sewer service in and around Fayetteville.

The boy’s lawyer, Michael Porter of Fayetteville, said on Thursday that he did not have details on what Lallier would plead guilty to or the type of punishment Lallier could receive. He said the boy, who is now 19 years old, and his family plan to watch the proceedings via online videochat.

His hearing will be conducting in person and online via WebEx because of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday afternoon, it was not publicly known if Lallier would attend the hearing in person or online.

The case was already caught in a significant backlog in the Darlington County court docket before the coronavirus pandemic. Court officials hoped to resolve the the case this summer, but the pandemic further stalled proceedings.