ABBEVILLE - An Abbeville man has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 12.

L.C. Williams, 54, of Route 1, Abbeville, was charged Monday by Lafayette County sheriff's deputies with capital rape in connection with the sexual assault of a child reported Saturday.

Sheriff Buddy East said Williams, a distant family member of the victim, was charged after a two-day investigation.

Authorities believe Saturday's incident, which occurred at an Abbeville residence, was the first time the victim had been abused, East said.

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