South Carolina

Successful real-estate firm built during hidden crime spree

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Todd Kohlhepp's enters the courtroom of Judge Jimmy Henson for a bond hearing at the Spartanburg Detention Facility in Spartanburg, S.C.  Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Todd Kohlhepp's enters the courtroom of Judge Jimmy Henson for a bond hearing at the Spartanburg Detention Facility in Spartanburg, S.C. Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This photo made available by the Spartanburg, S.C., County Sheriff's Office shows Todd Kohlhepp of Moore, S.C. Kohlhepp was arrested Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in connection to a woman being found chained inside a storage container on a property in Woodruff, SC.   Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    FILE - This photo made available by the Spartanburg, S.C., County Sheriff's Office shows Todd Kohlhepp of Moore, S.C. Kohlhepp was arrested Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in connection to a woman being found chained inside a storage container on a property in Woodruff, SC. Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Frances Bradley, whose home adjoins the Todd Kohlhepp property, prays at the fence between theirs and  Kohlhepp's property in Woodruff, S.C.   Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Frances Bradley, whose home adjoins the Todd Kohlhepp property, prays at the fence between theirs and Kohlhepp's property in Woodruff, S.C. Kohlhepp, accused of seven killings in South Carolina, built a successful real-estate firm but displayed odd behavior. People who knew or worked with him said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed that he was a registered sex offender. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)  (The Associated Press)

A man accused of seven killings in South Carolina built a successful real estate firm, but did show signs of unusual behavior. People who knew Todd Kohlhepp said he watched pornographic videos during work and openly discussed his sex offender status.

He was an award-winning real estate agent described as a hard worker. He won a sales award from a real-estate firm in 2008 and later started his own company that listed more than a dozen agents on its website.

The accusations against Kohlhepp have emerged since a woman was found chained on his property last week.

He moved to South Carolina and attended community college when he was in his early 30s after finishing a prison sentence in Arizona for raping another teenager there.