Man charged with sexually assaulting child nearly a decade ago

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Courtesy of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that an Orangeburg man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child nearly a decade ago.

“This case was just brought to our attention this year but we still investigate to find out what happened,” the sheriff said. “My investigators developed enough information to bring charges against this individual.”

Herman Livingston, 75, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 11.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were notified last month of the allegations against Herman when a teen’s mother called to make a report.

The mother of the victim said that during a counseling session, the victim had informed the counselor of several inappropriate contacts that happened in September of 2010.

The victim said she was groped and also touched in other inappropriate ways.

When confronted by investigators, Herman said he wasn’t going to deny the allegations against him. He told investigators that he was playing what he felt were “games” with the then five-year-old child. He said he called the game “vampire,” according to the report.

During Herman’s bond hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the court deferred bond on the Orangeburg man to a circuit court judge at a later date while informing Herman of his rights.

Herman made an appearance during the morning session of bond court. However, he was held over while his charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct could be upgraded.

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