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Temp employee arrested in school sexual conduct case

Lexington, SC (05/25/2021) – A West Columbia man is accused of sexual conduct with a Pelion Middle School student in a restroom at the school.

Juston Deon Smith, 21, is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to an arrest warrant.

“Smith, who was a contract temporary employee of a janitorial service provider, had a sexual encounter with a female student Monday,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “A school employee found Smith and the student in a restroom.”

Major crimes detectives responded to the school and separately interviewed Smith, the victim and a witness, according to Koon. Investigators also collected video evidence related to the case.

Deputies arrested Smith at the school Monday and transported him to the Lexington County Detention Center, where he’s still being held after appearing in bond court Tuesday morning.


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