Man arrested in sexual assaults from 2003-2004

Samuel Stevenson Watford (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Samuel Stevenson Watford (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff's deputies have charged a man with criminal sexual conduct after a 16-year-old told investigators he assaulted her ten years ago.

Samuel Stevenson Watford was arrested Monday at his home on Rhett Street.

Sheriff Leon Lott says a 16-year-old confided to a family member Watford sexually assaulted her from 2003 to 2004.  The family member contacted Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands who then notified the Sheriff's department.

Watford was an acquaintance of the teen's family.  Lott says the assaults occurred at a home on Amsterdam Avenue.

Lott says investigators are looking into additional incidents involving Watford in the city of Columbia and more charges may be filed. He's asking anyone who may have been a victim of Watford to come forward.

"It doesn't matter how long ago the alleged crime occurred," he said.

If you need to talk to investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Watford was taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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