Charleston community center worker charged with sex crime

Charleston community center worker charged with sex crime

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston fired a part-time employee who is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Twenty-year-old Domeneque Drayton was arrested by North Charleston Police on Wednesday.

Since May of 2017, Drayton worked as a part-time employee at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center in downtown Charleston.  In a statement, the City of Charleston said that there is no indication that the alleged victim was a participant in a city recreation program.

However, the city will send letters to parents and guardians of all children registered in programs at the Arthur W. Christopher Community Center during Drayton's employment.

The investigation began on July 29 when a North Charleston police officer responded to MUSC for a sexual assault report.

The officer spoke with the mother of the victim who said said her 14-year-old daughter had been assaulted the night before by Drayton.

According to a police report, the mother was notified by her brother and her mother that the victim snuck out of the grandmother's home.

"The mother was then told by the victim why she snuck out and what she did," a report states. "The mother then brought her down to MUSC to be checked in. The mother stated she was not sure if it was consensual or not."

The officer then spoke to the victim who said she had snuck out of her grandmother's home and got in a car with the suspect at a restaurant parking lot.

According to police, the victim said she then went to the suspect's house where they had sexual intercourse.

The officer asked if it was consensual, and the victim said it was, a police report states. The victim said she had known the suspect for three years, and knew each other from Charleston Charter School.

Drayton was terminated from his job on Thursday.

The text of the City of Charleston's letter is as follows:

August 9, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Late today, the city of Charleston learned that Domeneque Drayton, a part-time employee at the city's Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, has been charged by the North Charleston Police Department with the statutory rape of a minor at his residence in North Charleston. Mr. Drayton's employment with the city has been terminated.

Mr. Drayton worked as a part-time Assistant Recreation Leader at the facility. Though there is no indication at this time that the victim was a participant in any city of Charleston recreation program, in an abundance of caution, we are providing notice of this incident to all parents and guardians of children registered in city recreation programs at that facility since Mr. Drayton's hiring in May of 2017. If you have any information relating to this case, please contact the city of Charleston Police Department at 843-720-2400.


Laurie Yarbrough, Director

Department of Recreation

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