An Orangeburg man is accused of assaulting a minor teenage girl with the purpose of having sex with her on New Year’s Eve.
According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant, Raymond Dontrell Swett, 22, of 112 Betsy St., assaulted a female with the intent of committing second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The warrant states that Swett has known the victim for at least seven years and would have known that she was under the age of 16.
Swett allegedly confessed to the crime, according to the warrant.
On New Year’s Day, he appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Sam Daily, who set his bond at $10,000 cash or surety.
Daily told Swett that he must appear in court as required, must have permission to leave the state, must not return to the incident location and must not have any direct or indirect conduct with the victim or her family.
According to the S.C. Code of Laws, if someone is guilty of assault with the intent to commit sexual conduct, that person should be punished “as if the criminal sexual conduct was committed.”
If Swett is convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.