Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) -- A man out on bond for narcotics violations was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a relative.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, 41 year-old Edward Walter Conant was placed under arrest and charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor victim under 16.

The sheriff reports that an investigator was notified by a Columbia physician who had treated thevictim saying she disclosed to him she was forcibly sexually assaulted by Conant.

The victim then provided investigators with a statement during an interview with a forensic examiner, detailing the assaults that allegedly occurred on the weekend of September 21st of this year.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Conant, and an alert Kershaw County Deputy visually identified Conant at the Kershaw County Courthouse, placing him under arrest.

He had been previously arrested for a number of narcotics violations, and was out on bond for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

After Conant was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center, investigators executed a search warrant at his residence, recovering the remnants of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation, and a large quantity of pornographic materials focused on underage girls.

Everyone is reminded that if you are aware of illegal drug activity, or an incident of sexual assault such as this, you are asked to contact:


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Or bytexting"TIPSC" plus your message toCRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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