Berkeley Co. man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, daughter

Berkeley Co. man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, daughter

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County deputies say a 41-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident involving an underage girl.

Jason Lesley is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years of age, according to an incident report.

The victim's mother told deputies her daughter claimed Lesley exposed himself and grabbed the child and pulled her towards him, forcing the child to touch him.

According to an incident report, the 11-year-old, Lesley's daughter, went to see him before heading to school to let him know she was leaving and that she loved him. Lesley was reportedly asleep on the couch and the victim hugged him. When he woke up, Lesley reportedly grabbed the victim's head and pushed it onto himself.

When the victim's mother confronted Lesley, he reportedly said, "I didn't do what she said, I was sleeping." The victim's mother then demanded Lesley that he leave the house. Lesley then reportedly went into the backyard to grab a rope before leaving, claiming that he was going to kill himself because he could not take what he did.

The victim's mother waited roughly twelve hours before contacting police to file a missing persons report because she had family looking for Lesley.

The incident occurred on April 24, the report states.

Police reportedly were able to locate Lesley the following day

Lesley was booked on the charge on Wednesday, according to jail records.

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