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Man gets 20 years for molesting girls in 2013

Posted: April 20, 2017 4:58 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Charles Bradberry

Charles Richard Bradberry, 37, of Columbia pleaded guilty April 14 to two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor victim ages 11-14 years old and one count of incest concerning incidents which took place in Kershaw County. A circuit court judge sentenced Bradberry to 20 year sentences for each of the criminal sexual conduct charges and five years for the incest charge, all to be served concurrently. The judge credited him with the 1,522 days he spent in jail after being arrested in January 2013.

Bradberry also pled guilty April 14 to four similar charges levied against him in Columbia: three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor 11-14 years of age and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. The judge sentenced Bradberry to 20 years each on two of the criminal sexual charges in Richland County, five years on the third and 10 years for the exploitation charge, again all to be served concurrently with the Kershaw County sentences.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies and Columbia Police Department officers arrested Bradberry  on Jan. 14 after receiving information a few days earlier that he had been molesting a then 10-year-old relative as well as the then 14-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend. A KCSO investigator learned Bradberry was living at his Columbia address with another girlfriend and the 10-year-old victim.

Both girls, during separate forensic interviews, disclosed Bradberry had molested them in Kershaw County and Columbia.

At the time, the KCSO said Bradberry had previously been arrested for kidnapping, violating restraining and protective orders, filing a false police report and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Court records showed he pleaded guilty one count of criminal domestic violence in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The sentence, however, was suspended on three years active jail time with five years probation.

Bradberry spent the first two years awaiting trial at Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and transferred to the Kershaw County Detention Center in September 2015.

Grand juries in each county did not actually indict Bradberry until Kershaw County did in August 2016; Richland County’s grand jury indicted him a month later.

“I hope it sends a message to the perverts out there that if you do this and we catch you, you’re going to go to prison,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “This sentence will keep (Bradberry) off the street for the next 15 years or so.”

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