A Charleston County jury needed less than an hour to convict Jeremiah Turner on four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and a charge of a lewd act upon a minor, the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office said.
Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson ended the four-day trial Thursday by sentencing Turner to 30 years in prison.
Turner, 26, was arrested Sept. 8, 2008, and confessed to the abuse. His victim, now 8, testified Monday afternoon about several sexual assaults between February and September of 2008.
Assistant Solicitor Rutledge DuRant said the abuse was discovered simply because someone asked the child a question.
The Department of Social Services began investigating a report of child abuse on a 6-year-old child, and it subsequently sent the matter to the North Charleston Police Department.
Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlet Wilson said these types of cases are among the most difficult to prosecute.
"It's hard to fathom the abuse that some children suffer," she said.
"We are grateful that the jury didn't accept the defendant's attempt to blame the victim."