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78-year-old facing Upstate sexual assault charges

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Douglas Clifton McFarland (Source: Oconee County Sheriff's Office) Douglas Clifton McFarland (Source: Oconee County Sheriff's Office)
OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A 78-year-old man is facing charges in connection to a sexual assault on a 6-year-old girl that happened 10 years ago, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

During an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Fairfield County resident Douglas Clifton McFarland, investigators learned of an incident in Seneca that is alleged to have happened in 2003 or 2004.

Investigators said they then interviewed an Upstate teenager who told them that she had been sexually assaulted by McFarland when she was 6 to 7 years old.

McFarland was transported from Fairfield County, where he was being held on unrelated charges, to Oconee County on Wednesday.

McFarland is charged with a lewd act on a minor.  He is being held in the Oconee County Detention Center.

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