Lugoff man charged with criminal sexual conduct

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 1, 2013 

KERSHAW COUNTY A Lugoff man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old family member.

Edward Walter Conant, 41, of Cricket Hill Road was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16, second degree.

According to a press release from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, a Columbia doctor called deputies on Oct. 16 after the teen girl said she had been assaulted at her Kershaw County home. The assaults took place the weekend of Sept. 21. A forensic interview confirmed the story.

Conant, who was out on bond for a narcotics violations in Kershaw County, was arrested at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

At Conant’s residence, according to the release, investigators found a large quantity of pornographic materials focused on underage girls.

Conant has previous arrests for numerous narcotics violations and is out on bond for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana.

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