Former SC trooper, county councilman faces more sex abuse charges

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This undated photo provided by the the Clarendon County (South Carolina) Detention Center shows Kerry Kinard. Kindard, a former county council member and South Carolina state trooper charged with sexually abusing girls and lying about it while trying to buy a gun has been granted bail again. Kinard remains jailed for now pending a federal bond hearing. (Clarendon County Detention Center via AP)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former county council member and South Carolina state trooper has been granted bail again despite facing charges of sexually abusing girls in two counties and federal charges of lying while trying to buy a gun in December.

Ex-Bamberg County Councilman Kerry Trent Kinard remains jailed for now pending a federal hearing. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of sex abuse in Bamberg County.

Now he’s also charged in Jasper County, where a woman says she was 16 when Kinard abused her.

Defense attorney Bakari Sellers says Kinard is innocent, but was “stupid” to deny facing felonies while trying to buy a gun.

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