A Lexington County has jury convicted Edward Davis, Sr., age 60, of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor – 3rd degree, which involved a child under the age of 16 years old. The trial began August 20, and concluded August 22. The jury deliberated for 24 minutes prior to finding Davis guilty. He was sentenced to seven years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The sentence was imposed by Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. This conviction is classified as a violent offense and Davis will have to register as a sex offender.

“Our work to protect children in our community remains a primary focus,” Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said. “It requires a high level of commitment from our prosecutors, staff, law enforcement, and in this case, our first responders. The victim in this case demonstrated tremendous courage in the courtroom.”

On July 12, 2016, Davis inappropriately touched a minor in his care. Davis fainted a short time later. Medical responders arrived and he told first responders that the reason he fainted was because of what he had done. The quick thinking of these first responders resulted in the minor disclosing to law enforcement the details of what occurred. Davis willfully and lewdly committed a lewd act upon the body of a child under sixteen years of age, with the intent of arousing his sexual desires. At trial, the victim testified regarding the sexual assaults made by Davis. During sentencing, the victim expressed to the Court that Davis took away the innocence the victim once had.