Man accused of sexually assaulting 5-year-old released on bond

08/02/2013 12:14 AM

08/02/2013 12:21 AM

A 35-year-old Silver man charged in mid-July with the sexual assault of a 5-year-old Sumter girl who considers him an uncle was granted a $15,000 surety bond on Wednesday.

During a hearing held at Clarendon County Magistrate’s Court, 12th Circuit Judge Michael P. Nettles said Jimmy Weeks Jr. may have no unsupervised contact with minor children, including his own, if he is able to pay for his release from the Clarendon County Detention Center. He has remained there since his arrest July 18, according to the Clarendon County Public Index, three days after the 5-year-old girl’s mother said she notified the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office that the suspect allegedly touched the girl’s private parts.

The mother told The Item on July 19 that Weeks is a close family friend of the girl’s father and that the girl thinks of him as an uncle.

The incidents, she said, happened during extended visits with the suspect’s family.

“I let her go out to their house because school was out. She’ll go there for a week and come back and go for another week. She’s a bright 5-year-old, and she likes to help out,” the mother said.

Third Circuit Assistant Solicitor LaRone Washington and the victim’s mother told Nettles on Wednesday that they had no problem with Weeks having a bond. The mother, however, said she wants no contact between Weeks and her family. The Item does not identify the alleged victims of sexual assaults or close family members.

“The victim has disclosed (in forensic interviews) that this has happened more than once,” Washington told Nettles.

Weeks, who is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor younger than 11, wanted to turn himself in when he learned of a warrant against him, Manning attorney Ray Chandler told Nettles.

“Ultimately, he did turn himself in,” Chandler said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t notified that the magistrate was having a bond hearing, and I believe due to the seriousness of the charge, she denied bond that Friday (July 19).”

Chandler said Weeks has no criminal record and that he is a staff sergeant in the South Carolina National Guard.

“He’s had three overseas tours, and he is self-employed doing yard work,” Chandler said. “His wife has been laid off (from a local plant), and they are a family of limited means.”

Other conditions of Weeks’ bond is that he cannot travel to Sumter County without a court order.

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