Rock Hill officer fired, accused of distributing child sex abuse material

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A Rock Hill police officer has been fired from the department for allegations regarding child sex abuse material.

Daniel Shealy is accused of possessing and distributing child sex abuse material online.

On Thursday, investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force met with Shealy to discuss the investigation into the accusations.

Channel 9′s Almiya White learned Shealy served as a detective at the the Rock Hill Police Department. The police chief said there is no indication that the allegations occurred while Shealy was on duty.

According to our partners at CN2 in Rock Hill, Shealy was a school resource officer at South Pointe High School in 2022.

Shealy began working for RHPD in January 2011, serving on the patrol unit until August 2017. His last assignment began in June in the criminal investigations unit.

According to arrest warrants, on June 1, Shealy shared three separate video clips on Kik Messenger. Each video showed underage children engaging in sexual activity.

The warrant says the children’s ages ranged from ages 5 to 15 years old.

Shealy was immediately suspended by Rock Hill PD and the internal investigation that followed led to his termination on Thursday.

He was released from jail Thursday on a $30,000 bond.

The chief of the Rock Hill Police Department shared the following statement about the case:

“Our community trusts its police department to hold itself to the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

“We are troubled by the details of the allegations against one of our former officers, as we pride ourselves on being trusted public servants.

“These allegations do not represent the Vision, Mission, and Values of our department or the law enforcement community. Based on this information, the officer was terminated from the Rock Hill Police Department effective September 28, 2023.

“Daniel Shealy was hired by the Rock Hill Police Department on January 3, 2011. He served on Patrol until August 7, 2017, when he transferred to being a School Resource Officer at South Pointe High School. His last assignment began on June 5, 2023, in the Criminal Investigations Division.

“We value the trust and support of the Rock Hill community, and I want to reassure you we are committed to protecting and serving our community.”

This is a developing story; check wsoctv.com for updates.

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Almiya White

Almiya White, wsoctv.com

Almiya White is a reporter for WSOC-TV

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