Daniel William McElreath
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Central City, Kentucky man last Friday on multiple child sex charges.
46 year old Daniel William McElreath of North Second Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:22pm. MeElreath was arrested in Kentucky on July 12th and was extradited back to Oconee County.
A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division was contacted by phone during the evening hours of July 8th from a victim of a reported sexual assault who was interested in filing a report. The victim told the deputy that the sexual abuse occurred during a time when the victim was 8 or 9 years old. The abuse continued on different occasions until the year 2005, according to the victim and took place at multiple addresses, all of which were in the Westminster area.
At that time, an investigation began and was turned over the Criminal Investigations Division and the Child/Elder abuse investigator, Tim Rice.
As the investigation continued and evidence was collected and individuals interviewed, it was determined that McElreath has sexually assaulted the victim during the time period from January 1st 2001 thru December 31st, 2002, January 1st, 2004 thru December 31st, 2004 and from June 1st, 2005 thru September 31st, 2005. McElreath also forced the victim to watch sexually explicit material on electronic devices in the year 2005.
The case involves only one female victim, according to investigators.
McElreath was denied bond on all five charges, which include three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Victim Under the Age of Eleven – First Degree, one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Victim between the Ages of 11 to 14 – Second Degree and one count of Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor 12 years of age or younger. The charges are all considered felonies and were obtained by Sgt. Rice.
McElreath remains in custody at the Detention Center and would be required to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of bond.
The three charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Victim under the Age of Eleven – First Degree carries a penalty of 25 years or Life for each charge.
The charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Victim between the ages of 11 and 14 – Second Degree carries a penalty of not more than 20 years.
The charges of Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor 12 years or younger carries a penalty of not more than 15 years.
The Sheriff’s Office was not aware of the allegations until the victim filed a report with this agency on July 8th of this year.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.