Officers say man molested child for 9 years

PICKENS — A Central man was arrested last week after police claim he molested a young girl numerous times over a nine-year period.

David Allen Marchbanks, 54, of 119A Eloise Drive in Central, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Marchbanks is being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center, according to officials.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said an investigation was launched on Aug. 18 about a child who had been molested on numerous occasions dating back to 2000.

According to Hashe, the investigation revealed Marchbanks allegedly molested the girl — who was 4 years old at the time the incidents began — at multiple homes in Pickens County between January 2000 and January 2009.

A warrant claims the incidents lasted until the girl was 12 years old.