February 20, 2014

A former leader of the Aryan Nation was charged this week with sexually assaulting a young girl and providing obscene material to her.

WIS-TV reported that authorities in South Carolina arrested 59-year-old August Byron Kreis on Wednesday after the girl's mother filed a report with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Leon Lott said that investigators discovered that Kreis shared pornography with the girl and sexually abused her for a three month period from September to November 2013. He was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 12 and disseminating pornography to a child 12 or younger.

More charges were expected in Kershaw and Lexington counties.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, described Kreis as a "hot-tempered, longtime white supremacist and Christian Identity minister."

Kreis and his two daughters appeared on a 1990s episode of "The Jerry Springer Show" titled "A Racist Family." During a conversation about why he taught his daughters to be racists, Kreis tried to provoke Springer by telling him that the Holocaust was hoax. At one point, Kreis tried to assault Springer and had to be restrained after the host told him to "shut your face."

Kreis received the attention of federal law enforcement after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 when he suggested that members of the Aryan Nation would partner with Al Qaeda. During an investigation, unreported income was discovered and Kreis was sentenced to serve six months in jail in 2011. He was in a wheelchair at the time due to amputations from diabetes.

No bond was set during a hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The next court date was scheduled for March 17.

Investigators have encouraged any additional victims or anyone with knowledge of the case to contact Crimestoppers.

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