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Six Teens Charged with Sexual Assault at Party

Six Teenagers Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges After Weekend Party

sexual assaultSix teenagers in Walhalla, SC have been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of an incapacitated 15-year-old girl at a weekend party in the middle of October. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the charges against the six teenagers, who include four juveniles. Investigators say that on October 12th, a school resource officer at West-Oak High School received an anonymous tip that a student may have been the victim of sexual assault at a party in Seneca, SC. The investigators at the Sheriff’s Office say that they are also waiting for toxicology tests to come back to determine what caused the girl to be incapacitated. Most of the teens involved have been charged with criminal sexual conduct. One 18-year-old, who is legally an adult, has been charged with enticing, inviting, ordering, and encouraging others to commit the sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Charges in South Carolina

According to the South Carolina Judicial Department, sexual assault or criminal sexual conduct requires: 1. That the accused engaged in sexual battery with the victim; and 2. That one or more of the following circumstances are present: A. the accused used aggravated force to accomplish the sexual battery, and/or B. the victim submitted to the sexual battery under circumstances where the victim is also the victim of forcible confinement, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, burglary, housebreaking, or any other similar offense or act. C. the accused caused the victim, without the victim’s consent, to become mentally incapacitated or physically helpless by administering, distributing, dispensing, delivering, or causing to be administered, distributed, dispensed, or delivered a controlled substance, a controlled substance analogue, or any intoxicating substance. South Carolina law defines sexual assault in three degrees: “(A)    A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree if: (1)    the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is less than eleven years of age; or (2)    the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is less than sixteen years of age and the actor has previously been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or adjudicated delinquent for an offense listed in Section 23-3-430(C) or has been ordered to be included in the sex offender registry pursuant to Section 23-3-430(D). (B)    A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree if: (1)    the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is fourteen years of age or less but who is at least eleven years of age; or (2)    the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is at least fourteen years of age but who is less than sixteen years of age and the actor is in a position of familial, custodial, or official authority to coerce the victim to submit or is older than the victim. However, a person may not be convicted of a violation of the provisions of this item if he is eighteen years of age or less when he engages in consensual sexual conduct with another person who is at least fourteen years of age. (C)    A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree if the actor is over fourteen years of age and the actor wilfully and lewdly commits or attempts to commit a lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body, or its parts, of a child under sixteen years of age, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of the actor or the child. However, a person may not be convicted of a violation of the provisions of this subsection if the person is eighteen years of age or less when the person engages in consensual lewd or lascivious conduct with another person who is at least fourteen years of age.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Sexual Assault Charges

The law surrounding sexual assault is complex. Let us put our experience to work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your criminal sexual conduct with a minor charge and how we can help.  803.252.4800

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