Vulnerable Adult Abuse Alleged

 The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a Hickory Tavern area resident in connection with the alleged exploitation of a vulnerable adult from Ekom Beach Road last month. 49-year-old Ricky Dale Pace of 6025 Neely Ferry Road, Laurens was charged with Abuse or Failure to Report Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult. Sheriff’s Investigator Ben Blackmon alleges that between June 15th and 28th Mr. Pace exploited another man by obtaining over $10,000 worth of personal property, knowing the victim is a vulnerable adult. This allegedly occurred on Ekom Beach Road, Laurens. During arraignment yesterday, bond on the charge was set at $25,000. Ricky Pace remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.