Prosecutors have decided to no longer pursue sex charges filed against local musician John Brannen.
Brannen, 62, of Mount Pleasant was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 in March 2013.
Last month, prosecutors decided to voluntarily discontinue the charges against him.
Ninth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Debbie Herring-Lash said the decision was made after consultation between her office, the S.C. Department of Social Services and the mother of the female child, who prosecutors alleged was abused by Brannen.
Herring-Lash said the decision not to take the case to trial was in the best interest of the child.
"There was concern from the therapist that she would be traumatized," Herring-Lash said.
Andy Savage, Brannen's attorney, said he was pleased with the decision.
"These cases are always troubling," he said. "In this case, it arose out of a domestic issue. The child ahd been examined by the Lowcountry Children's Center and they didn't find any evidence of any improprieties. The evidence of any wrongdoing was just not credible."
Brannen had no prior criminal history.
Investigators had arrested and charged Brannen based on a Lowcountry Children's Center interview with the child, according to prosecutors.
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