PICKENS — A 40-year-old Pickens man was charged last week with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor following a six-week investigation by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services.
Richard Dale Nelson, of 114 Jefferson St., Apt. A, was arrested June 24 and released the following day. His bond was set at $7,500 surety.
According to the warrants, Nelson was a house guest of the victim’s uncle but is not related to the victim. The incident in question occurred between August 2012 and June 2013 in Easley. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Pickens County DSS office initiated an investigation on May 8.
Warrants stated that Nelson removed the victim’s pants as well as his own and then placed the child on his lap where he touched her through her underwear. PCSO officials confirmed the victim was between the ages of 7 and 8 at the time of the incident.