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A 41-year-old Denmark man is facing one assault charge and five sex charges involving a teenage girl.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division announced on Friday that David Lee James III of 240 Fredrick St. was booked into the Barnwell County Detention Center.

James faces the following charges: first-degree assault and battery; third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

If he’s convicted, James faces up to 75 years in prison.

Warrants describe the incidents taking place between July 2011 and July 2014 in Barnwell. Warrants indicate the girl was 15 when the incidents began.

As of press time, James remained at the Barnwell County Detention Center without bond.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the agency investigated the case at the request of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. The Second Circuit Solicitor’s Office will prosecute the case.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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