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Man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 9

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Ryan Robert Valentine (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) Ryan Robert Valentine (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

A Lexington man was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl last week.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts says Ryan Robert Valentine, 33, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child who is under the age of 11 and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child who is under the age of 11.

Deputies were called by the mother of the alleged victim on Friday. She said she found Valentine lying in bed nude with the girl, according to a sheriff's department incident report. Valentine told the woman that the two "were only cuddling," the report stated.

Further investigation indicated Valentine had been touching the alleged victim inappropriately since she was eight, the incident report indicated.

Valentine was arrested on Monday.

He was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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