Camp Owner Pleads 'No Contest'


August 17, 2017

Deep Woods Camp owner Charles Edmund Kells Hogan pleaded no contest Wednesday to first-degree sex offense with a child and felony indecent liberties with a child and received a suspended sentence and probation.

An admission from the 79-year-old Hogan was recorded in July of last year using a “controlled phone call,” a call made from a police station on a recorded line by the victim to Hogan, according to District Attorney Greg Newman.

On Wednesday during Transylvania County Superior Court, Judge Charles Viser consolidated the two sentences into one.

“It’s a three-year suspended sentence, with two years of supervised probation,” Newman said. “As a part of that sentence, he has to register on the Transylvania County sex offender registration, and he can no longer operate his camp or others.”

Hogan pleaded no contest to an incident that took place in 1991 with a boy who was attending the camp.

The camp was founded by Hogan in 1970 and was for boys ages 9 to 17, according to the camp’s website.

The victim, now an adult, was in the courtroom with his mother, according to Newman.

Hogan was initially charged in August of last year. The victim had come forward to Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office investigators and provided detailed information, according to Chief Deputy Gunter at the time.

Hogan, according to the camp’s website, worked at two other camps prior to 1970.

He is a graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee and served three years as an agent in the Intelligence Corps before moving into camping.


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