Deputies charged a man they believe sexually assaulted a vulnerable adult victim at his home last month.
Wardell Wages, 55, of Blythewood was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies reported that on Jan. 17, they received a report of a sexual assault that that occurred at Wages’ home on Haygood Road.
The alleged victim walked away from a foster home hours before then agreed to receive food from Wages, the release stated.
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Wages is accused of sexually assaulting the victim at his residence.
The release mentioned the victim was a “vulnerable adult” but did not detail why.
Sheriff Leon Lott said significant leads helped identify Wages as the suspect, and additional evidence was found during the execution of a search warrant at his residence.
Anyone who suspects abuse in Richland County can call the department’s Victim’s Services Division at (803) 576-3115.