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SC teen charged with sexually assaulting 3-year-old, uploading child pornography

Kyle Michael Teran (Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office arrested a 17-year-old North teen suspected of sexually abusing a 3-year-old child, taking sexually explicit photos of the child and uploading the photos to a website.

Kyle Michael Teran is charged with 2nd degree criminal sexual exploitation of a minor and 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Investigators say Teran inappropriately touched a 3-year-old child and also uploaded nude photos of the child to a website called "Discord."

Deputies say they were called to a North home Sunday around 8:40 a.m. after a man said he confronted Teran about the photos of the child.

The teen escaped out of a window and ran away following the confrontation, according to the sheriff's office.

Another witness told deputies she fell asleep while babysitting the child and when she woke up, she saw Teran standing over the sleeping child and taking pictures of it's unclothed body, according to the sheriff's office.

Teran was found and arrested in Lexington County, according to the sheriff's office.

Orangeburg deputes say he admitted to taking photographs and uploading them to the website.

“This is just unfathomable to think anyone could take advantage of a small child such as this,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “Many crimes are heinous in nature. But this is just beyond understanding.”

He faces up to 15 years on just the sexual conduct charge.

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