LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 60-year-old Lexington County man was sentenced to prison time after a criminal sexual conduct with a minor conviction.
A Lexington County jury convicted Edward Davis, Sr. of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor which involved a child under the age of 16 years old. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release.
The trial started on Aug. 20 and the jury deliberated for only 24 minutes before announcing their sentence.
"Our work to protect children in our community remains a primary focus. It requires a high level of commitment from our prosecutors, staff, law enforcement, and in this case, our first responders." Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said. "The victim, in this case, demonstrated tremendous courage in the courtroom."
On July 12, 2016, Davis inappropriately touched a minor in his care. Davis fainted a short time later and told first responders that the reason he fainted was that of what he had done.
"The quick thinking of these first responders resulted in the minor disclosing to law enforcement the details of what occurred," the solicitor's office said in a release. "Davis willfully and lewdly committed a lewd act upon the body of a child under 16 years of age, with the intent of arousing his sexual desires. At trial, the victim testified regarding the sexual assaults made by Davis."
At sentencing, the victim said Davis took away his innocence.