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      83-year-old man arrested in decades old abuse case

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- An elderly Charleston man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman more than 45 years ago.According to a report from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, a woman came to them last month to file a report claiming she was sexually abused several times between the years of 1968 and 1970. The woman, who was between the ages of 6 and 8 at the time of the alleged assaults, said the abuse happened at homes on Parkdale Drive in West Ashley and at an unknown rental home on Folly Beach. She said she was threatened with death if she told anyone about the abuse.The suspect, 83-year-old Leroy Kennedy, Jr., was arrested Tuesday and is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the first degree.An affidavit states that two other women also came forward with allegations that Kennedy forced them to perform sexual acts in other jurisdictions.
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