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County man sentenced to 25 years for CSC

Posted: September 18, 2012 5:55 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A Camden man will spend the next 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 11. Paris Nates III, 35, who appeared before a circuit court judge earlier this week at the Kershaw County Courthouse could have faced up to 30 years in prison.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Nates on Jan. 30. They had received information Jan. 1 that an 11-year-old girl confided in her mother and stepfather that Nates -- a member of the girl’s family -- had sexually molested her when she was between 6 and 10 years of age. Investigators arranged for the girl to undergo a forensic interview, leading them to arrest and charge Nates. At the time, KCSO investigators said they had anticipated further charges following an examination of Nates’ computer, but it does not appear any further charges were filed.

The KCSO said Tuesday that Nates confessed to the sexual assaults. Investigators originally charged Nates with first degree criminal sexual conduct and incest. The incest charge could have put Nates in prison for an additional year in prison.

Previously, Nates was named in a 2011 KCSO report when one of his children came to school with a bloody nose after allegedly being shoved by Nates at his own home. At the time, deputies noted that the Department of Social Services said the agency already had an open case on the family due to neglect. Based on conditions found at Nates’ home at that time, all four of the children in that home were taken into emergency protective custody.

Prior to this week’s court hearing, Nates was being held without bond and will now be transferred to the S.C. Department of Corrections to carry out the remainder of his sentence.

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