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12/20/2012 6:07:00 PM
Man arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges

GREENWOOD, SC – A man was arraigned on four charges stemming from incidents in which he allegedly molested two step-daughters in 2007.

Bryan Davis Ferguson, 38, of 286 Wilton Road in Abbeville, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy Jr. in court on Thursday his arraignment and bond hearing. The case is being investigated by SLED and prosecuted by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Ferguson was directly indicted by a grand jury on two charges of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of lewd act upon a child, two of which are in Greenwood County and two of which are in Abbeville County.

Ferguson’s attorney, Billy Garrett, said that his client adamantly denied having committed the crimes. The state alleges that Ferguson molested the victims sometime between April 1, 2007, and August 1, 2007. The victims came forward with the allegations in July of this year.

Ferguson waived a formal arraignment hearing and agreed to be arraigned on charges in both counties in Greenwood.

Ferguson also had his bond hearing on charges in both counties on Thursday. Both Garrett and Judge Addy noted that Ferguson showed up in court on Thursday and did not consider him a flight risk. Judge Addy ordered Ferguson to surrender his passport to the Clerk of Court and have no further contact with the victims as conditions of his $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Tracie Ellis

What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why don't you let the court decide. People get tried in the media before they have a chance to present their side.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: cynthia Smith

Why does the Judge give people a bond for messing with a child. I just don't understand it .

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jana Fede

Jaime, if every man in the town would participate in a gang rape of another man then what does that say about their morals? Or yours for even envisioning such an act?

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Jackie Polk Yorsten

Hi Marissa
I am sure there are many out there still that have gone through what we did, actually the victims names were not given but who ever knows them as his step children would know there names. He needs to be shamed if he is guilty, I suppose any given person would attempt their own way of dealing with it. But for myself even as a child if I was still, I wouldn't care who knew my name. I guess these ways of mine is what makes me such a strong person. It is such a shame for any man to take innocence away from a child or an adult by any kind of abuse. What child or adult woman even can fight off a man (very few) actually. There is so much sickness in the world today God help us all. Merry Christmas to all and I hope you will be blessed this season..

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: stacy sellars

bless these kids heart... its so sad... God dont like ugly... and this is just unbeleiveble.. i went to school with him and he was such a good person.... prayers for those lil girls is all i can say.. smh

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