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Man pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct charges

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:07 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Richard Dewayne Hendrix, 19, with addresses in Lugoff and Gaston, pleaded guilty May 11 to three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years of age. According to online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records, a judge sentenced Hendrix to six years in prison, credited with the 830 days he has spent at the Kershaw County Detention Center and suspended upon the completion of three year’s probation. Hendrix must also be listed on the S.C. Sex Offender Registry.

A fourth charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years of age against Hendrix was dropped.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Hendrix in early February 2016, originally charging him with two counts each of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to a KCSO press release at the time, a 13-year-old girl’s family notified deputies in January 2016 that Hendrix had sexually assaulted her at a Lugoff residence. The following day, the mother of a 12-year-old boy also advised county investigators that Hendrix had sexually assaulted her son over an extended period of time in Kershaw County.

When deputies obtained warrants for Hendrix, they discovered he had moved to a home in Gaston, in Lexington County. The KCSO obtained assistance from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s fugitive task force, which located Hendrix and arrested him on the Kershaw County warrants. Hendrix reportedly admitted to the assaults.

A judge denied Hendrix bond in 2016, leading to his being detained at the county jail until his guilty plea on May 11.

Man who fired shots at boys pleads guilty

Back in April 2012, deputies arrested then 50-year-old Thomas Leslie Williams III on three counts of first-degree assault and battery following a shooting incident near Eagles Nest and Kanawha Trail off S.C. 97.

More than five years later, on May 11, Williams pleaded guilty to three counts of the lesser charge of third-degree assault and battery. A judge sentenced him to 30 days at the Kershaw County Detention Center with credit for six days served back in 2012, after which a bonding company had paid his $25,000 cash surety bonds for each count.

According to an April 2012 KCSO incident report, deputies arrested Williams after he fired a shotgun blast at three juveniles and then threatened the father of two of the boys with a sword.

Deputies learned from the father that his two sons and the other boy were shooting fireworks in the public beach area of the Wateree Hills community  near Williams’ Kanawha Trail residence. He said Williams came out on the deck of his house, which is across the street from the beach area but overlooks it. Williams then went back inside, retrieved a shotgun and fired in the boys’ direction, missing them but striking the water. The boys reportedly told Williams what they were doing, and he reportedly told them the next shot was for them and racked the gun to intimidate them.

The boys ran to the house where they were staying to get the father. He told deputies he went to the Williams’ residence and called to him from the road. Williams claimed the children were trespassing and were making too much noise. He then reportedly grabbed a 4-foot sword from his porch and started threatening the father with it. At that point, the victims went back to their house and called 911.

Deputies arrived on the scene, heard the victims’ story and went to speak with Williams. He invited deputies into his home where they saw a 20-gauge shotgun shell that had been fired. They also saw the sword leaning against the wall. When deputies asked Williams what was going on, he claimed the boys shot at him.

Deputies asked the man where the shotgun was. He claimed it was under a bed, but they were unable to locate it. He then led deputies to the gun which was leaned against a dresser in a bedroom. A deputy took the shotgun and could smell that it had been fired.

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