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South Carolina man accused of molesting girlfriend's daughter

Any criminal allegations can weigh heavily on the shoulders of an accused. Accusations, especially those that are sexual in nature and involve a child, can definitely add to the weight. The recent case of a South Carolina man dealing with a previous criminal charge and now facing another, more damaging, charge illustrates how serious legal problems can become.

A 40-year-old man from Simpsonville recently was charged with three counts of child molestation and was also denied bail by the judge, who stated that she considered the accused at risk for committing a felony if freed. According to the warrant, the molestation happened nearly two years ago at a local hotel and concerned a 12-year-old girl who was the daughter of the man's girlfriend.

The child recounted her story of alleged molestation and inappropriate touching by this man to her mother and aunt, who immediately took the girl to the police station.

The report states that the man and the girl's mother had a relationship before the incident and that the couple was going through a difficult breakup at the time of the alleged molestation.

However, the man's criminal defense attorney noted that the estranged couple's relationship today is more positive as compared to a few years ago, hinting that the mother's position on the case might change, as well. The man previously served a short sentence in jail for domestic violence charges. He is also on probation for possession of illegal drugs.

Columbia, South Carolina, residents facing criminal charges can either enter into a plea agreement, which may reduce the charges or penalties, or fight to dismiss the charges. In both cases, guidance from a criminal defense professional will be invaluable to a successful outcome of the case.

Source: Douglas County Sentinel, "South Carolina man facing child molestation charges," Amanda Thomas, Feb. 25, 2014

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