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'Bachelorette' contestant may look familiar at SC Attorney General's Office

From Nick Spetsas' Instagram account
From Nick Spetsas' Instagram account

One of the contestants this season on the ABC reality series "The Bachelorette" may look familiar to people in Columbia, South Carolina, and for good reason.

Nick Spetsas, 27, spent time as a legal clerk with the South Carolina State Attorney General's Office in 2016, while attending college in the city,says his LinkedIn biography.

He is listed on the show as a lawyer in Orlando, Florida, but he got there via a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, according to his LinkedIn account. (He attended from 2013 to 2016.)

While in law school, Spetsas also worked as a student attorney for the Juvenile Justice Clinic, according to the law firm of Eraclides Gelman in Orlando. He's now works for Eraclides Gelman, with a specialty in worker's compensation defense, says the company's website.

Spetsas has nearly 9,000 followers on Instagram (That's up 2,000 since the show started airing episodes featuring Spetsas.) Quite a few of the photos feature him shirtless.

He is discussing the show on his social media accounts, including an Instagram post that thanked "Bachelorette" Rebecca Kufrin for "an unreal opportunity to find love."

Kufrin is "an absolute class act and phenomenal human being," he added in the post.

In a June 21 tweet, Spetsas wrote he recently wore a track suit during filming "to show Becca the relaxed and casual side of me. I felt like she was only getting to know the lawyer side of me, as I was not the most comfortable on camera. It allowed me to open up and show her that I’m not always serious."

The show airs 8 p.m. Mondays on ABC.

Spetsas was not considered among the top contenders early on, if you follow sites devoted to the show like Observer.com.

"Nick’s whining makes him seem like a lost boy band member, but it could be because of his slicked-back hair and the fact that it looks like he hasn’t gone through puberty yet," said Observer.com.

The popular reality series has been weathering controversy this season, after it was learned this week that another contestant , 26-year-old Lincoln Adim, recently pleaded guilty in connection with a 2016 groping incident, reported the New York Times.

"Episodes are filmed weeks or months in advance, but the fact that court records indicate Mr. Adim was charged in 2016 raises questions about whether the show knew, or should have known, of his history before casting him," wrote the New York Times on Wednesday.

Spetsas' official "Bachelorette" bio says he's "a fun-loving attorney with a zest for life. When he's not winning trials, you can catch him in his signature tracksuits being the life of the party.."

Spetsas' Linkedin account says he attended Loyola University Maryland before going to law school in S.C., and he was a Division 1 swimmer for the university.

His hometown is Morrestown, New Jersey, where he lettered in swimming and ran track at Morrestown High, according to LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

Former Gamecock baseball player Chase Vergason will be competing in the "Bachelorette" for love.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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