South Carolina man charged with rape after 9-year-old girl tells classmates

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Quinton Altonio Leonard

CONWAY, S.C. — A South Carolina man is in jail after a 9-year-old girl told police that “he rapes me when mommy goes to work.”

Officers responded to an elementary school in Horry County on May 3 after a 9-year-old little girl told two of her classmates that a man living in her house touched her private parts. One of the classmates told her parents, who then reported it to officials.

According to WBTW, the girl told a Department of Social Services agent that when her mom leaves the home to go to work, that 33-year-old Quinton Altonio Leonard, sexually assaults her, police note.

The victim told police that the most recent assault happened May 1.

The little girl told police that she was laying in her bed taking a nap when Leonard came in her room and raped her, the report states. The victim told police that she tried to stay asleep while Leonard was assaulting her because “she did not want to get in trouble.”

Police note within the report that the little girl hadn’t told anyone about Leonard touching or raping her because her mother is happy with Leonard.

Officers took the little girl, along with four other children ranging in age from one to 11-years-old, into emergency protective custody. The victim was taken for a full medical evaluation and forensic interview, according to the report.

The investigation is ongoing.

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