Man charged in 2016 sexual assault case involving juvenile jailed again for missing court date
A Batesburg-Leesville man charged in a 2016 child sex case was back in jail Thursday on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court.
Jerry William Hall Jr., 23, of the 600 block of Kneece Mill Road, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, victim 11 to 14 years of age, according to jail records.
Hall was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 8, but failed to show and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, records show.
He was arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Friday afternoon.
On Aug. 13, 2016, an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with a 51-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman over the phone who claimed the juvenile victim had been sexually assaulted by the suspect sometime between July 13, 2016, and July 20, 2016.
The complainant also said the victim thought she might be pregnant from having sexual intercourse with the suspect.
The victim’s mother also confirmed the story with investigators.
The victim had told her mother and the complainant about the assault three weeks prior, however they had waited to report it to police.
When asked why they waited so long to report the assault, the two women claimed they were “unsure of what to do about the assault.”
Hall was originally arrested on Nov. 17, 2016, and then released on a $20,000 bond on Nov. 21, 2016.