(Lexington County) -- Lexington County deputies say a 41-year-old Gaston man sexually assaulted a girl for more than a decade, starting when she just five years old.
"It's very disgusting," said Sheriff James Metts. "It makes us very upset."
Deputies arrested 41-year-old Robert Wayne Goff, Jr., of 202 Glencrest Drive in Gaston, and charged him with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 11, five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16, five counts of committing or attempting to commit a lewd act on a child under the age of 16 and one count of disseminating harmful material to a child.
"We work very hard to get these people behind bars where they belong," explained Metts. "He's looking at some serious jail time if he is convicted of all 12 counts."
Investigators say Goff sexually abused the girl, who is now 16, on several occasions between January 1996 and February 2007. He also is accused of showing the girl pornographic movies and magazines.
"It was the mother that came forward," explained Metts, who says she had only recently learned about the abuse. "We did an investigation and confirmed the facts."
Goff was taken into custody Thursday night at a Calhoun County business, where he works as a truck driver, Metts said. A Lexington County magistrate ordered him to be held without bond at the Lexington County jail.
"I think he was denied bond because of the magnitude and the number of years this went on," explained Metts.
According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Goff sexually abused the girl at five different homes where he lived since January 1996.
An arrest warrant says Goff had sex with the young girl and had her perform sexual acts on him on numerous occasions. Metts says additional arrest warrants also state that between January 1, 1996 and February 25, 2007 Goff inappropriately touched the girl.
Goff has a history of larceny and burglary charges from the 1980s, including a 2003 charge of committing a lewd act upon a child younger than 16.