Lexington County deputies on Thursday charged a 47-year-old man with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while the girl was a patient at a residential treatment center near West Columbia.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Frederick Gibbs, of 1316 Chevis St. in Columbia, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Metts said that at about 4 a.m. April 3, a surveillance camera recorded Gibbs entering the girl’s room at Three Rivers Residential Treatment Services center. Metts said the girl did not invite Gibbs into the room and did not consent to have sex.
Gibbs worked at Three Rivers at the time, Metts said, but is no longer is employed at the facility, which provides psychiatric and behavioral treatment services for teen-age girls.
The charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.
- From staff reports