RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A South Carolina Department of Corrections officer has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
Lott said 34-year-old Nicolas Sheldon Brown was arrested and charged on Friday after investigators determined that he was sexually abusing a young girl since 2009.
The sheriff said the abuse began when the alleged victim was 10 years old and continued until this year.
Lott characterized girl as a hero, "because she had the courage to talk to her School Resource Officer and ask for help."
A Department of Corrections spokesperson said Brown has been with the department for eight years.
Brown is a sergeant in the reception and evaluation department at the Kirkland facility in the maximum security unit.
He is on administrative suspension without pay.
Brown was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing in general sessions court.