Two sex offenders admitted to Lexington County were sentenced to lengthy prison terms
Lexington, SC 05/27/2022 (Paul Kirby) – Two accused Lexington County sex offenders have now received lengthy prison sentences after both pleaded guilty to two separate sex crimes. That’s according to the office of Eleventh Circuit attorney Rick Hubbard.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Federico Reyes pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree in Lexington County General Sessions Court. After his plea, the Honorable Walton J. McLeod, IV sentenced 43-year-old Federico Reyes to 30 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This is the maximum sentence allowed by South Carolina law for forced rape. This is a conviction for sexual violence, which makes Reyes subject to the Violent Sexual Predator Act, and he will also have to register as a sex offender. He is not eligible for parole.
According to evidence provided by Cayce Police Department investigators, on December 8, 2019, the 19-year-old victim went to the emergency room, with bruises, for an examination. She reported that the day before she was sexually assaulted by Reyes at a residence in Cayce. The victim said she was also suffocated during the sexual assault. When officers responded to the scene, Reyes admitted to the sexual assault.
This case was investigated by Cayce Police Department Investigator Alexander Stewart and prosecuted by Assistant Eleventh Circuit Attorney Ashley Wellman. After sentencing, Deputy Attorney Wellman said, “The trauma the victim endured at the hands of this man is unimaginable. The Court recognized this by ordering Reyes to serve the maximum sentence. We wish her the best and hope she can begin to heal from her heinous assault. During the sentencing hearing, Judge McLeod told the victim, who was present in the courtroom, that he hoped “she would no longer feel like a victim, but like a survivor “.
PHOTO CAPTION: Federico Reyes
In a separate and unrelated case to Reyes, 50-year-old Daniel Emerich pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor – first degree. The Honorable Walton J. McLeod, IV sentenced Emerich to 32 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. It is also a sexually violent conviction, which subjects Emerich to the Sexually Violent Predator Act. He will also have to register as a sex offender if he gets out of prison. He is not eligible for parole.
Emerich’s case arose in October 2021, when an adult entered Emerich’s home sexually abusing a ten-year-old child. The investigation determined that Emerich had committed several assaults on the minor victim over a period of time. Emerich was arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Task Force. After his arrest, Emerich gave a voluntary statement to law enforcement and confessed to sexually assaulting the underage victim.
The case was investigated by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted by Assistant Eleventh Circuit Attorney Ashley Wellman. Assistant Solicitor Wellman said: ‘Due to Emerich’s age and the fact that he will potentially be engaged as a sexually violent predator, this is an effective life sentence. We are grateful that this result was achieved without subjecting the victim to the additional trauma of a criminal trial.
Both Reyes and Emerich will be transported to SC’s Department of Corrections to begin serving their sentences immediately.
PHOTO CAPTION: Daniel Emerich