KERSHAW COUNTY (WACH) - A 35-year-old man from Lugoff is accused of having sex with a teenage girl, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office.
Jonathan Wade Ray was arrested Tuesday and is charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct.
A report was filed at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office saying a 15-year-old girl had been sexually involved with Ray, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. Investigators looked into the allegations and met with Ray and the teenager for statements. An arrest warrant was obtained and Ray was taken into custody at the sheriff's office.
Authorities say Ray has previous arrests dating back to 1995 for burglary (1st degree), fraudulent checks, accessory after the fact of burglary, accessory after the fact of murder, grand larceny, possession of marijuana, distribution of crack cocaine, distribution of marijuana, DUS, malicious injury to personal property, breaking into a motor vehicle and breach of trust. There is no record of Ray having served any prison time other than a time served sentences following the accessory to murder charge in 1995 and time served on a 1996 drug charge.
??Now we have another charge to add to Mr. Ray??s lengthy arrest record. It remains to be seen if he will actually be punished for this offense. He seems to have escaped punishment so far for his other crimes. Hopefully, the system will actually do something to punish him and deter others from engaging in this kind of behavior with minor girls, but I am not optimistic,?? said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Charges against another adult who may have been aware of the situation may be forthcoming.
Ray is currently being detained in the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.