The Charleston area has had its share of sexual predators who have preyed upon children over the years. They include:

Eddie Fischer

The former Porter-Gaud teacher was arrested on molestation charges in October 1997 and later admitted to sexually abusing more than 40 boys during his four-decade teaching career in Charleston's public and private schools. Evidence at a civil trial showed Porter-Gaud officials knew Fischer was molesting students but helped him get jobs at other schools where he continued his behavior as a pedophile. He died in prison in 2002 while serving a 20-year sentence.

Catholic molestation cases

Since the 1950s, the Diocese of Charleston has seen 50 claims involving 28 Catholic priests and lay people named as perpetrators, and paid more than $16 million in damage settlements.

Among the local priests caught up in abuse allegations was Monsignor Frederick J. Hopwood, who taught at Bishop England High School in the 1950s and served as The Citadel's chaplain. At least 10 men accused him of abuse, and he later pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act on one.

The Rev. Eugene Luke Condon, another popular Charleston priest, pleaded guilty in 1998 to committing lewd acts on boys. During that investigation, authorities found a trunk containing about 150 photographs of naked adolescent boys taken in the rectory of Stella Maris Catholic Church on Sullivan's Island.

And the Rev. Raymond DuMouchel died in 2006 while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted three young women in the 1950s in Charleston.

Dr. Robert Francis Marion III

The West Ashley pediatrician pleaded guilty in 2002 to molesting seven children between 1977 and 1994 at his Wadmalaw Island home and at his medical office. He is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

Pastor Tyrone Moore

Moore, former pastor of Full Word Ministries in North Charleston, was accused of molesting or assaulting eight young males at the church or in his home between 2002 and 2006. He was already a registered sex offender at the time, having previously pleaded guilty in 1989 and 1991 to sexually abusing young girls while serving as choir director at his grandfather's church. He is now serving a 30-year prison term.