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Man Charged With Sexual Assault of 6-Year-Old

7:13 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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Kenneth Leroy Parker (image courtesy Kershaw County Sheriff)

Kershaw, SC (WLTX) -- A 65-year-old Kershaw County man has been arrested, charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 21.

According to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, Kenneth Leroy Parker was placed under arrest Tuesday, January 7th, following a report by a Kershaw County elementary school resource officer.

The report alleges that following a class at the elementary school on "good touch, bad touch," a 7-year-old girl approached the teacher and confided that the boyfriend of a relative had sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions when she was 6.

The teacher immediately notified the school resource officer, who contacted the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department investigators. 

Parker is being charged with 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

His previous charges, according to deputies, include disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, criminal domestic violence, assault and battery with intent to kill, and a charge of 3rd Degree criminal sexual conduct.

Kershaw Sheriff's investigators continue to look into other allegations against Parkere.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said "Parker is a danger to the community, and hopefully the bond that is set on him will reflect that."

Parker was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center, and will have a bond hearing late Tuesday afternoon.

The Sheriff attributes the school district's class for the discovery of this case, "Thankfully the Kershaw County School District includes the "good touch, bad touch" class in their curriculum, or this activity could have gone on for who knows how long."

If anyone is approached with information similar to this child's report, or has reason to believe a child is being assaulted, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in by visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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