Orangeburg County man accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl

Orangeburg County man accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl
Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An Orangeburg County man is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Deputies with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Richard Hightower of Cope who is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Hightower's bond was denied on Tuesday.

US Marshals and investigators with the OCSO took him into custody on Friday at a home in Kershaw County.

"This is absolutely despicable," said Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. "This child has not had a chance to outgrow cartoons and dolls nor learned to ride a bike, and yet in her short life has been assaulted in such a violent manner."

According to a sheriff's office report, OCSO investigators were notified in October 2017 of a possible sexual assault on a child.

"Investigators determined Hightower did assault the child, according to the warrant," OCSO official said."Hightower faces a mandatory 25 years to life in prison, if convicted."

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