Man Accused of Spanking a 4th Teen Victim for Tobacco

11:46 AM, Jun 1, 2011   |    comments
Terrence Bryant
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Lexington County, SC (WLTX) -- Deputies have charged a 50-year-old Lexington man again after they say he exchanged tobacco to a 15-year-old so he could spank the clothed teen.

On Tuesday, deputies announced that Terrence Everett Bryant of Turkey Creek Court in Lexington was charged with three counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 16. Previous Coverage: Deputies: Man Gave Boys Tobacco In Exchange for Spankings

Bryant now faces an additional count, after they say a 15-year-old male was spanked on or about May 28.

According to investigators, Bryant spanked the boy, who was wearing clothes, "with the intent of gratifying his sexual desires."

Deputies say the victims told them that it was a well-known fact among teenage boys that Bryant would give tobacco products in exchange for spanking the boys.

According to deputies, Bryant has victimized three 15-year-old males and a 12-year-old male. Investigators say Bryant spanked the boys in the parking lot of the Pitt Stop in Lexington, where Bryant worked as a cashier. Bryant was fired when he was arrested, and deputies say store managers and employees were not aware of Bryant's accused crimes.

Investigators say Bryant kept cigarettes and smokeless tobacco that he had previously purchased in a glove compartment of his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, which was often parked outside the convenience store. Inside the truck, deputies say Bryant would victimize the children, and then give them the tobacco products.

The father of the 12-year-old found his son with tobacco products, and after he found out that his son had traded a spanking for the products, he reported the crime to the Lexington County sheriff's deputies.

Bryant faces a total maximum penalty of 60 years in prison if he is convicted of all four counts. He is detained on a total bail of $105,000.

If you have information that could help investigators find more victims, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

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