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Man sentenced to 23 years on criminal sexual conduct with teenager

Harland Donnell Melton (Source: Chesterfield Co. Detention Center) Harland Donnell Melton (Source: Chesterfield Co. Detention Center)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Harlan Donnell Melton was sentenced Monday in Darlington County General Sessions Court to a total of 23 years on criminal sexual conduct with a minor and assault and battery charges, according to Deputy Solicitor Kernard Redmond, of the Fourth Circuit Court Solicitor’s Office.

Melton was arrested and charged in February 2015 after abducting a 14-year-old girl.

According to a news release from the Fourth Circuit Court Solicitor’s Office, Deas disclosed that Melton had engaged her in a long-term sexual relationship.

Melton was apprehended and extradited from Oregon after a nationwide search involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including authorities from SLED, Oregon, Lancaster County in North Carolina and federal agencies.  

On July 8, Melton pled guilty to the charges criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree and two counts of assault and battery second degree from an earlier case the charges, the release states.

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