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S.C. police officer charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a child case, SLED says

A South Carolina police officer has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division announced Friday.

An investigation revealed that David Lonny Geronimo Templet, a former officer with the Latta Police Department, “tried to rub” an 11-year-old on July 11, 2019, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

Between July 2019 and September 2020, Templet is also accused of masturbating in front of two minor victims in separate incidents and “attempted to rub one minor victim” while they slept in another, according to the affidavits. These actions placed the child involved at an “unreasonable risk of harm, which affected the child’s mental health.”

Further details about the incidents were taken from the four affidavits.

SLED charged Templet with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree with a minor, which is a “lewd or lascivious act with the body or parts thereof of a child under sixteen years of age” with the intent “to arouse, to appeal upon or gratifying the lust, passions or sexual desires of the actor or child,” according to South Carolina law.

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He was also charged with performing a harmful performance towards minors and two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child.

Templet was arrested and booked into the Dillon County Detention Center. The South Carolina Attorney General will prosecute the case.

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