ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A North teen has been arrested and is facing sexual exploitation of toddler charges.
“This is just unfathomable to think anyone could take advantage of a small child such as this,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “Many crimes are heinous in nature. But this is just beyond understanding.”
Kyle Michael Teran, 17, is being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
During a hearing on Monday, January 11th, Teran was formally presented his rights while any bond consideration was deferred to a circuit court judge.
According to Sheriff Ravenell, OSCO investigators were called to a North residence Sunday, January 10th, around 8:40 a.m.
Upon arrival, a man reported a missing person and a sexual assault.
The man said he had confronted a teen relative over photos they had taken of a child. The man said he sent the teen to the teen’s bedroom for the night.
However, the teen sneaked out of a window and ran away.
Another witness said they were babysitting the child when she fell asleep for a few minutes.
When she woke up, she said the teen was standing over the sleeping child taking photographs of the child’s unclothed body.
Acquaintances notified the relatives that the teen was in Lexington County.
He was located and brought to Orangeburg where he admitted taking photos to upload to a pedophile web site.
Teran faces up to 15 years for the criminal sexual conduct charge.