Escaped Pickens County inmate is former Belton pastor

| May 6, 2010

PICKENS — Five law enforcement agencies continue searching for an escaped convict who is a former Belton pastor serving 15 years for arson and breach of trust.

Pickens County prison warden Merle Wright said the convict, Christopher Daniels, was last seen working at the Pickens County Solid Waste Facility on Old Liberty Highway near Easley around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Daniels, a white 39-year-old, is about 6 feet 3 and weighs about 250 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Daniels is serving a 15-year sentence for arson and fraud, Wright said. Daniels was arrested in March of last year after a fire at the Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Belton, where he had been the pastor.

Authorities later charged Daniels with breach of trust when they determined that he had stolen more than $5,000 from the church.

Daniels pleaded guilty to the charges in September.

Wright said Daniels was wearing blue jeans with a white strip running along each leg and an orange detention center shirt when he escaped.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office are all involved in the search for Daniels, Wright said Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911 or call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500.

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