Josh Kimbrell, the host of Common Cents, a popular Christian talk radio show in Greenville, South Carolina, was arrested this week and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The radio host, considered a “rising star” in state politics, has connections to some of the most powerful conservatives in state office, include Gov. Nikki Haley. Kimbrell is accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy.

“According to the arrest warrant, Kimbrell, under the guise of a game, fondled the child and committed other sexual acts against the boy,” WYFF-4 reported when the news first broke.

FitsNews, a local conservative blog, first broke the story on the talk hosts’ arrest, noting the potential for a shake-up if the allegations prove to be true. It’s worth noting, however, that prosecutors have already moved forward with the criminal charges; the next step is to go to trial. The allegations could shake-up Republican associates in the midterm election, as Kimbrell is a well-known ally and connected to many candidates as well as politicians in office:

Kimbrell is one of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s staunchest supporters – as well as a close ally of former SCGOP chairman Chad Connelly.  In fact he’s repeatedly touted her ethics reform legislation (apparently failing to read the fine print).  He also recently hosted a forum on the rule of law featuring U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney.

Kimbrell also reportedly had designs on holding political office himself – and is connected to the social conservatives who recently took over the Greenville (S.C.) Republican Party from a group of limited government fiscal conservatives.

“He was a rising conservative star in the Upstate,” one of our well-connected sources said.

The rising political star has been spotted recently making the rounds with Senator Ted Cruz, and although the endorsements have been scrubbed from Gov. Nikki Haley’s website, it’s well-known that he’s campaigned for her during this election cycle and that he is a former member of Haley‘s “Faith and Family Coalition.”  Recently, Kimbrell hosted Reps. Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney at an outdoor barbecue event  titled Restoring the Rule of Law.

He is also chair of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance. A statement issued by the board of the directors of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance – which includes three members of Haley’s faith and family group, said, “Josh is in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife to maintain an on-going parenting relationship with his three year-old son,” the statement read. “It is not uncommon that allegations such as these arise in the course of such disputes, particularly when the complainant, in this case the ex-wife, can benefit from the allegations.”

Which doesn’t explain why a prosecutor would think there was enough evidence to press charges and hold Kimbrell in jail. He’s currently being held without bond, indicating that law enforcement believes he is either a flight risk or a danger to the community, or both..In any case it’s not exactly indicative of a trumped-up charge.

Here’s a video of Kimbrell discussing “covenants.”

We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

[Image Credit: FitsNews]