Longs man sexually assaulted teen babysitter, police report says

James Ferguson Slate - J Reuben Long Detention Center

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County police detectives arrested a Longs man after witnesses said he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old babysitter.

According to an incident report, James Ferguson Slate, 52, came home intoxicated on October 18 and laid on top of the babysitter who was asleep on the couch.  She told police Slate began kissing her and scratched her breast before she could get away from him.

Another girl staying with babysitter witnessed the assault, the report said.

Slate is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, 3rd degree.  He remains in custody at the J Reuben Long Detention Center.

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