A North teen has been accused of sexually exploiting a toddler, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Monday.
“This is just unfathomable to think anyone could take advantage of a small child such as this,” Ravenell said. “Many crimes are heinous in nature. But this is just beyond understanding.”
Kyle Michael Teran, 17, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
During a hearing on Monday, Teran was formally presented his rights while any bond consideration was deferred to a circuit court judge.
Ravenell said Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called to a North residence around 8:40 a.m. Sunday after a man reported a missing person and a sexual assault.
The man said he had confronted a relative over photos the teen was said to have taken of a child. The man sent the teen to the teen’s bedroom for the night.
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However, the teen sneaked out of a window and ran away, according to the sheriff’s office.
Another witness said they were babysitting the child when she fell asleep for a few minutes. When she woke up, the teen was allegedly standing over the sleeping child taking photographs of the child’s unclothed body.
Acquaintances notified the relatives where the teen was at in Lexington County.
He was located and brought to Orangeburg where he allegedly admitted taking photos to upload to a pedophile web site.
Teran faces up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted of the criminal sexual conduct charge alone.