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."