State Senator Tedder is under investigation for criminal sexual conduct from two years ago

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The South Carolina attorney general’s office is investigating allegations of criminal sexual conduct from two years ago against Democratic state Sen. Deon Tedder, according to records obtained by News 4.

The incident report, obtained from the Columbia Police Department, is heavily redacted. However, it lists incidents of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, which means an “actor uses aggravated force to achieve sexual battery,” according to the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Acting on a tip on November 8, 2023, News 4 asked the FOIA office for a police report regarding an alleged criminal sexual conduct investigation that occurred on April 27, 2022. It subsequently received the redacted report on November 28, 2023.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office confirmed with News 4 on Friday that Tedder is the suspect in the redacted report sent in November 2023. It is important to note that Tedder has not been charged with a crime.

According to the incident report, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, a Columbia Police Department officer was dispatched to Shop Road in Columbia.

Once on scene, police encountered a victim who said she was “inappropriately touched through her clothing and later… (redacted).”

The report then ends with the officer writing that the victim “did not consent to the sexual act.” The additional three pages of the incident report have been completely redacted.

When asked for details about the more than two-year investigation into Tedder’s alleged action, Robert Kittle, director of communications at the attorney general’s office, said: “It is the policy of our office to investigate the existence of not to confirm or deny any form of crime. to research.”

News 4 has reached out to Tedder about the allegations and is awaiting a response. This story will be updated with his comments if News 4 receives a response.

Tedder is currently running for re-election in South Carolina Senate District 42. He faces primary challenger Kim Greene.

In response to the allegations, Greene said the people “deserve to know the moral compass of their elected officials and candidates.”

“While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, elected officials and candidates for public office have special obligations to full transparency and fairness to voters,” she continued. “No one, especially those who have or seek to maintain the public’s trust, is above the law or entitled to greater protection than the victims of violent crime, or entitled to special protection or judicial courtesies not afforded to human beings . any other suspect.”

He first won the seat in a special election in November, after a blowout against Republican newcomer Rosa Kay.

Before running for Senate, Tedder served as the state House representative for District 109.