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Saluda County Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Sexual Assault of Child

Saluda, SC - The trial of State v. Antonio K. Posey took place this week in Saluda County General Sessions Court. Posey, age 41, was found guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 1st degree and sentenced to forty (40) years of incarceration by Judge Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. following the jury’s verdict of guilty Friday, February 17th.

The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on December 2nd, 2014, when the victim was brought to law enforcement regarding long term sexual abuse by Posey. The victim was assaulted in Saluda County during 2013 and 2014 while she was under the age of eleven. The victim was immediately referred to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia for a sexual assault examination in which evidence was collected during the exam and sent to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for forensic analysis.

Agent Paul Meeh of SLED testified regarding the results of his DNA analysis in the case. SLED determined that swabs taken during the child’s sexual assault exam were a DNA match to Posey. The victim, now age 12, testified during the trial regarding numerous sexual assaults committed against her by Posey. During the sentencing hearing, a letter from the victim was read to Judge Griffith which stated, “I have had nightmares and flashbacks … I don’t want him to do this to anyone else.”

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes and Assistant Solicitor Sutania Radlein of the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. “We are grateful to Captain Toby Horne and the entire Sheriff’s Office for their commitment to this case. They have worked extensively to assist in the preparation of this trial.” Posey was immediately taken into custody and transferred to the S.C. Department of Corrections.

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