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Upstate Businessman Sex Charges

A Spartanburg businessman has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

56-year-old Wayne Hurt was arrested Thursday and held in Laurens County Detention Center. Arrest warrants show that Hurt is charged with touching the breast of a 15-year-old girl at his Waterloo lake house earlier this summer.

Employees tell News 13 that Hurt owns Asheville Highway Rental in Spartanburg. A tenant at one of the shops he owns next door says he's upset about the charges, and may take his business elsewhere.

"He likes to come in here watch women get tattooed, or he used to anyway until we had a falling out. It ain't no secret I don't like him," says Don Osborne, owner of Sparkle City Tattoo.

"The kind of business we're in, people get in awkward positions. That's where we as professionals have to maintain our professionalism. We don't like onlookers. This isn't a sideshow by any means."

Osborne is currently leasing the space from Hurt, but isn't sure whether he wants to stick around.

"I don't know what kind of legal things I'll have to go through, but he can do what he's gotta do, I'm gonna do what I gotta do, and that's save my business, and the reputation of this business."


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