A Charleston County jury needed less than an hour to convict Jeremiah Turner on four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and a charge of a lewd act upon a minor, the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said.
Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson ended the four-day trial Thursday by sentencing Turner to 30 years in prison.
Turner, 26, was arrested Sept. 8, 2008, and confessed to the abuse. His victim, now 8, testified Monday afternoon about several sexual assaults between February and September of 2008.
Assistant Solicitor Rutledge DuRant said the abuse was discovered simply because someone asked the child a question.
The Department of Social Services began investigating a report of child abuse on a 6-year-old child, and it subsequently sent the matter to the North Charleston Police Department.
By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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