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Edgefield Man Arrested for Sex with Teen

web posted January 15, 2013

EDGEFIELD – An Edgefield man has been arrested after a 15-year-old's father called the Sheriff's Office to report that his daughter may be pregnant by a 21-year-old man. A Sheriff's Deputy met with the teen at school and she admitted having sex with the man and confirmed she was carrying his child. According to an incident report, the man admitted to having sex with the teen at his home.

Jacob Cody Quattlebaum, 21, of Old Stage Road, has been charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and was booked into custody at the Detention Center on Friday after turning himself in to authorities.

Quattlebaum was released later on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond and is said to have co-operated with investigators in the case. From information provided on the investigation, the sexual contact was consensual, but is illegal due the girl being only 15 and unable to consent to sex with an adult.

On the day of the report the deputy taking the call spoke with the girl's mother who knew about the relationship and said she did not want to press charges against Quattlebaum because he would lose his job. The girl's father, who is separated from his wife, had other thoughts on the matter.

Regardless of the wishes of the mother and the teen, once the relationship was confirmed the criminal sexual conduct charge was filed and a warrant for Quattlebaum's arrest was issued. No court date was available, however; Quattlebaum will have to make a first appearance in General Sessions Court in March.

Criminal sexual conduct in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than twenty years according to the discretion of the court, according to the South Carolina Code of Laws. 


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