CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office have arrested an 82-year-old Hampton County man who is accused of raping a child more than 40 years ago.
Authorities arrested Leroy Kennedy Jr. of Varnville on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 11.
On June 6, a woman reported to detectives that Kennedy had sexually assaulted her between the years of 1968 and 1970. The victim told investigators that the assaults happened at numerous locations, but the majority occurred at a home on Parkdale Drive in West Ashley.
According to affidavits, the victim was 6 to 7 years old when the sexual assaults happened.
The victim told authorities that she was threatened that she would be killed if she revealed the sexual assaults.
Court records state two other female victims came forward and reported similar assaults performed by Kennedy that happened in other jurisdictions.