An 82-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after a woman said he sexually assaulted her more than 40 years ago when she was a child in Charleston.
Leroy Kennedy Jr., a former West Ashley resident whose current address is Freeman Street in Varnville, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The woman said Kennedy forced her to perform oral sex numerous times between 1968 and 1970 at his house on Parkdale Drive and at a rental house on Folly Beach when she was between 6 and 8 years olds, according to the arrest affidavit from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. She told investigators Kennedy threatened to kill her if she ever told on him, the affidavit said.
Her two sisters also reported similar incidents in other jurisdictions, according to the affidavit. It was not immediately know if Kennedy was facing similar charges elsewhere. No other charges were listed Wednesday on a criminal background check from the State Law Enforcement Division.
Kennedy was being held in the Charleston County jail Wednesday.
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