Todd Kohlhepp is a licensed real estate agent in South Carolina and a registered sex offender. On Nov. 3 a woman, who was missing since late August, was found alive and chained inside a metal container on Kohlhepp’s property. Her boyfriend’s body was later found in a shallow grave on the same property.
Once arrested, Kohlhepp reportedly confessed to murdering another four people in 2003.
Already on the books was a kidnapping charge against Kohlhepp from when he was 15 (more on that below). So how does a man with a history such as Kohlhepp get a real estate license?
Here’s some coverage from FOX Carolina:
According to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Kohlhepp applied for a real estate license back in June 2006. Background checks were not in place at the time, but applicants are asked to provide a written explanation if convicted of a crime. FOX Carolina has a copy of Kohlhepp's application. It shows he checked "yes" about his conviction and provided this explanation:
"I entered into a verbal argument with my girlfriend who was also 15 at the time," Kohlhepp wrote. "I was charged with felony kidnapping due to the fact that I did have a firearm on me."
However, FOX Carolina learned from investigators Kohlhepp raped a 14-year-old who was not his girlfriend and he entered a lesser plea, which was kidnapping.
According to a state law called "Ground for Denial of Licensure," the LLR Department cannot automatically deny an application of someone convicted of a crime. It has to be reviewed or approved by the commission.