WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested a 53-year-old Lowcountry man accused of sexually assaulting children between the ages of 2 and 16.
The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Dan Cook of Andrews on June 4.
A report by the sheriff’s office states Cook performed a sex act on the victims from incidents dating back to 1978 to 2018.
Cook’s 2018 charges stem from allegations that he sexually assaulted a child behind a business and made the victim perform a sexual act on him.
According to investigators, during the same year, Cook photographed a victim’s genitals, and allowed a minor to review a film and other visual depictions that are “harmful to minors.”
Arrest affidavits state that between October of 1978 and October of 1992, Cook committed a lewd on a victim under the age of 16.
The victim told investigators that this happened to them from ages 2 through 16.
Cook was arrested on the following charges:
- Six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor or attempt with victim under 11 years of age
- Third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor commit/attempt lewd act/victim under 16 years and actor over 14 years
- Second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor
- Disseminating harmful material or exhibiting harmful performance to minors