Man sentenced for abusing 6-year-old

pickens — A Pickens man has been sentenced after being convicted by a Pickens County jury of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Jose Reyes Reyes, 29, was sentenced to 28 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections, according to a release from 13th Circuit solicitor Walt Wilkins.

Assistant solicitor Brandi Batson Hinton presented evidence at the trial that established Reyes sexually assaulted the 6-year-old victim on numerous occasions at his home in Pickens County where the victim would often spend the night, the release said.

The abuse occurred between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013, the release said.

Reyes was convicted on Dec. 13. Judge Perry Gravely issued the sentence last week.

Reyes will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 28-year sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, the release said.

Capt. Marvin Nix of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.