Elementary school’s ‘bad touch’ lesson leads to man’s arrest

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 7, 2014 

KERSHAW COUNTY A “good touch/ bad touch” class at a Kershaw County elementary school led to the arrest of a 65-year-old Kershaw man.

Kenneth Leroy Parker, who lives on Ray Road, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies say a 7-year-old girl confided in a teacher following a November class on safety that a relative’s boyfriend had sexually assaulted her on three occasions. The teacher told a school resource officer, who took the initial report, and it was passed to an investigator.

In a forensic interview, the victim detailed three instances in which she was assaulted. She also received a medical examination.

He was arrested on Tuesday and was awaiting a bond hearing at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

“This is a particularly disturbing case, the details of are too offensive to be released to the public,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews in a press release.

“Parker is a danger to the community and hopefully the bond that is set on him will reflect that. Thankfully, the Kershaw County School District includes this ‘good touch, bad touch’ class in their curriculum or this activity could have gone on for who knows how long.

Investigations are continuing into other allegations, but Matthews said deputies thought it “prudent” to take Parker into custody now.

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